National Port News and Trends
Total Container Volume in June Increases Nearly 50% From Previous Year
August 9, 2021 — PortBreakingWaves.com
The streak of record-breaking volume continued in June at the Port of New York and New Jersey, with June’s total volume numbers nearly doubling the numbers posted in June 2020. Total volume rose by 46.6 percent in June with 749,400 TEUs (415,813 lifts) compared to 511,306 TEUs (290,454 lifts) the previous year. This record-breaking monthly number brings our year through June total to 4,395,072 TEUs (2,440,039 lifts). Imports and exports also posted substantial gains in June. Imports totaled 388,449 TEUs (216,099 lifts) versus 266,836 TEUs (151,922 lifts) in June 2020, a 45.6 percent increase. From January through June 2021, imports at the Port of New York and New Jersey reached 2,254,028 TEUs (1,259,463 lifts) compared to 1,718,958 TEUs (979,092 lifts) in the same period of 2020, a 31.1 percent increase.
Port Arthur Facility Accused of Violating Civil Rights Act with Emissions
September 8, 2021 — PAnews.com
A group of activists from in and around the Port Arthur area are awaiting word from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after it requested an inquiry into Oxbow Calcining plant following allegations it violated the civil rights of those in and around the facility. Passed in 1964, Title VI says “no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance,” accord.
Air quality warning issued for Beaumont-Port Arthur area
September 8, 2021– Chron.com
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued an ozone action day for the Beaumont-Port Arthur area for Thursday, September 9. The agency predicts that conditions through the day will likely produce high levels of ozone air pollution, or smog, through the region that can be dangerous for people with chronic conditions, and can cause acute breathing problems when people inhale high concentrations of it over several hours.