Friday, January 10, 2014

EPA to Conduct Webinar on Port Goods Movement

By Mark Edward Nero

The United States Environmental Protection Agency plans to conduct a two-hour “National Conversation on Ports with Port Stakeholders” webinar Tues., Jan. 14, 2014, beginning at 9:30 am Pacific Standard Time.

This event is the second of three virtual meetings facilitated by the US EPA to bring together port stakeholders to explore options to improve the environmental profile of ports while protecting community health and supporting economic growth.

The latest webinar’s theme is “Goods Movement and Ports: Community Impacts and Collaborative Solutions.” During the event, Andrea Hricko of the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine is expected to describe community health impacts and present current research findings.

Additional participants are expected to provide examples of engagement between port facilities and nearby communities.

The EPA says it has convened the series of webinars to hear directly from the organizations and stakeholders with the greatest interest in ports about the challenges, concerns and opportunities within the ports sector. The insights and lessons gleaned from these meetings are expected to help the EPA develop a comprehensive and valuable agenda for a National Ports Stakeholder Summit, scheduled for April 8, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Those wishing to secure a spot in the webinar can register at Since space in the online meeting is limited, the EPA’s asking that registration be completed as soon as possible.