Draft Ports Primer for Communities

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This Draft Ports Primer for Communities, An Overview of Ports Planning and Operations to Support Community Participation has been developed by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) in cooperation with the Mobile Source Technical Review Subcommittee (MSTRS) Ports Subgroup including community stakeholders for near-port communities interested in becoming more involved in port decisions that may impact local land use, the environment and quality of life.
This Primer is intended to help community members participate effectively in the decision-making process by increasing local understanding of:
  • The role of ports,
  • How ports can impact local land use, economic trends and the environment, and
  • Tools and resources that have been successful in other communities.

You will need Adobe Reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.Draft Ports Primer for Communities (PDF)  (57 pp, 8 MB, July 2016, EPA-420-P-16-001)