Tacoma City Council to discuss Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy

Tacoma City Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday at City Hall to receive an update on the Port of Tacoma’s role in the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy.

In 2008, the Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma and Port Metro Vancouver (British Columbia) developed the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy based on the 2005 Puget Sound Maritime Emissions Inventory. The Puget Sound Maritime Emissions Inventory provided detailed information about the source and nature of Port air emissions and was used to set short-term and long-term goals for air emissions reduction at all three ports. The ports completed a second maritime air emissions inventory in 2011, and efforts are currently under way to update the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy by leveraging five years of experience implementing the original strategy, adapting to new information obtained from the 2011 Puget Sound Maritime Emissions Inventory, and adjusting for new or amended federal and international regulations.

Also Tuesday, City of Tacoma Sustainability Manager Kristi Lynett will provide a presentation on the City of Tacoma’s Healthy Homes/Healthy Neighborhoods Program. In an effort to help local residents improve the health of their homes and neighborhoods, local organizations have partnered to provide information on money-saving and neighborhood environment protection programs currently offered throughout the City of Tacoma. Project staff are visiting door-to-door to ask what services and information residents need for the purpose of organizing and offering workshops related to the requested topics.

Councilmembers will not take public comment during the study session, which will be held on Tues., Aug. 6 at 12 p.m. in Room 16 of Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St. Audio from the meeting will be broadcast live on TV Tacoma and online at tvtacoma.com. On-demand audio archives are available on the Web within 24 hours of the meeting online at tvtacoma.com.