NETWORKING FOR STRONGER PORT INDUSTRY AND BETTER COMMUNITY
The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners
approved an environmental ordinance at its Thursday, March 9 meeting.
The Port law includes requiring tenants that operate cargo-handling
equipment (CHE) to create a plan for converting CHE to zero-emissions,
according to the company's release.Port of Oakland tenants have
until December 31, 2023, to create a cargo-handling equipment conversion
plan. The ordinance will allow the Port to work collaboratively with
its business partners to support an efficient and timely transition to
zero emissions.As a public agency and tidelands trustee, the
Port has certain responsibilities to address public and worker health
and safety, as well as to protect and enhance the public’s environmental
resources and assets through clean-up, prevention of further
contamination, regulatory compliance and stewardship.Port
tenants’ CHE conversion plans will promote the Port’s vision, as
outlined in the Port of Oakland Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond
Plan. Port environmental staff will review the plans annually for
accountability, transparency, and partnering in support of tenants as
they implement their plans.
Since the first adoption of the
Environmental Ordinance in 2015, federal, state, and local environmental
liability laws and toxic clean-up standards have continued to evolve.
The updated ordinance reflects the adoption of new laws and regulations
and new or updated plans adopted by the Port Board.The Port of
Oakland oversees the Oakland Seaport, Oakland International Airport,
nearly 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square, and a
publicly owned utility. The Port's 5-year strategic plan - Growth with
Care - pairs business expansion with community benefits, envisioning
more jobs and economic stimulus as the Port grows. Together with its
business partners, the Port supports more than 84,000 jobs.