Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations.
PortCompliance.org is full of valuable resources designed to help port operators and port tenants comply with environmental regulations.Â The site was designed by the Port Compliance Assistance Focus Group.Â Region 2 formed this group to foster a working relationship between key port stakeholders and regulatory agencies.
Learn how the ARRA is funding Diesel Emission Reductions.
United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE)
The following are links to USACE regional websites.Â Region 2 works closely with these regions on port-related issues, such as dredging.
Region 2 is home to several ports, including the Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest on the Eastern Seaboard.Â Ports are comprised of a variety of operations and facilities, and are therefore subject to an array of environmental regulations.Â By identifying environmental issues and understanding the accompanying regulations, ports and port tenants can help preserve the environment and achieve compliance.
Environmental Themes At Ports
Clean Air: Reduce Emissions, Switch to Sustainable Energy and Improve Air Quality
- National Clean Diesel Campaign
- Northeast Diesel Collaborative
- Clean Air Act and Air Quality Regulations
Safe Water: Improve Dredging Techniques, Reduce Discharges and Manage Stormwater
- Dredged Material
- Diesel Boats and Ships
- Clean Boating Tips
- NPDES Vessel General Permit
- Ballast Water Management and Invasive Species
Stormwater associated with construction activities:
- NYSDEC Construction Stormwater Web Site
- NJDEP Stormwater Web Site
- EPA NPDES Construction General Permit for Stormwater
Stormwater associated with industrial activities:
- NYSDEC Industrial Stormwater Permitting Web Site
- NJDEP Industrial Stormwater Permitting Program
- EPA NPDES Industrial Stormwater Page
Property Maintenance: Manage Hazardous Waste, Storage Tanks and Industrial Issues
- Hazardous Waste
- Business and Industry-related Issues
- Underground Storage Tanks
- Aboveground Oil Storage Tanks
- Pesticide Use
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Community: Make Your Community More Environmentally and Economically Sustainable
- Environmental Management Systems
- Environmental Justice
- Green Construction and Operations
- Community Action for Renewed Environment (CARE)
- Pollution Prevention
- Climate Change
Compliance Assistance and Enforcement: Be Aware Of Regulations and Stay In Compliance
- Past Enforcement Actions
- EPAâ€™s Audit Policy
- Region 2 Port Focus Group
- Common Violations
- Workshops and Webinars (coming soon)
Stormwater: A Top Regulatory Issue at Ports
Most ports have industrial facilities and/or construction activitiesâ€”both may require a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permit. In New York, the permitting program is the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) and in New Jersey it is the New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES). A main requirement of stormwater permits is developing and implementing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). Failing to create, maintain, or properly adhere to a SWPPP is a common violation and can result in enforcement actions. Make sure to follow these key elements of a SWPPP:Â
- Prepare a SWPPP before applying for permit coverage.
- Maintain an updated site map that identifies all best management practices (BMPs) and all sources of pollutants and/or construction activities.
- Inspect your facility to make sure stormwater is properly managed.
- Port of the Americas, Puerto Rico
- Virgin Islands Port Authority
- Port of South Jersey
- Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
- Port of Albany
- Port of Buffalo
- Port of Rochester
- Port of Oswego
- Port of Ogdensburg
- Puerto Rico Port Authority (in Spanish)