Editorial: Port pollution is a crisis. It’s going to take more than a $20 container fee to fix.
There’s no question this is a crisis and that’s why the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey needs to take a hard look at its current environmental policies and how they impact our business.
The current system, however, is broken beyond repair.
The Port Authority has been moving the problem it has been addressing. It has been acting unilaterally in violation of federal and state environmental laws. This has put it in direct conflict with environmental and health programs.
It’s the same way you can hold the New York or New Jersey transit police accountable when a pothole is found in the bike lane. The authority can come down on them and fine the company (Port Authority) for not repairing the problem.
What happens when they catch the pothole? The authority tells them to fix it.
When they don’t, they fine them. That’s the current system and it has gotten even worse since the Port Authority was granted more money under the New Jersey Enterprise Zone Act of 2016 (https://www.mcall.com/nj-news/article_7f7f9cba-bca16-4f1a-8a14-8f9a7a9cc5c4.html).
The Port Authority is a public entity whose only function is to facilitate the shipment of goods with the highest standard.
It has made a lot of mistakes.
A decade ago it allowed coal trains to use its infrastructure. Now, they are using its bridges and tunnels, too.
This is unacceptable and it has led to the deaths of three people, and has caused serious environmental damage. In 2004, it was fined for violations of federal Clean Water Act requirements on a bridge that carries rail traffic. Under pressure from environmentalists, it decided against doing