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Ports Primer: Introduction

Link to Home Page of Ports Primer for Communities   Link to Section 2, The Role of Ports   Link to Section 3, How Ports Work   Link to Section 4, Port-Community Relations   Link to Section 5.0, Land Use and Transportation   Link to Section 6, Local and Regional Economy   Link to Section 7, Environmental Impacts   Link to Section 8, Tools and Resources   Link to Section 9, Appendix   Link to Glossary for Ports Primer   Link to Endnotes for Ports Primer

Welcome! This Ports Primer for Communities has been developed as part of the EPA Ports Initiative by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) in partnership with Regional Offices and the Office of Environmental Justice to support nearports communities in improving their local quality of life. This Ports 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, air quality, and other aspects of the environment and quality of life, and
  • Tools and resources that have been helpful in other communities.

This document provides a general overview that can be used as a springboard for further exploration and learning. Links to additional resources have been provided throughout the document for more information. We also encourage you to reach out to us to explore further opportunities for engagement with OTAQ and EPA Regional Offices. Contact information is provided at the end of the Ports Primer.

Sarah Dunham, Director

Office of Transportation and Air Quality

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