RPT-US asks UN to help cut ship emissions near coasts 30 Mar 2009 21:19:52 GMT
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By Timothy Gardner
(Reporting by Timothy Gardner, editing by Marguerita Choy)
NEWARK, N.J., March 30 (Reuters) - The United States has asked the United Nation's International Maritime Organization to create a buffer zone around America's coastline to cut pollution from ocean-going ships that harms human health, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday.
The EPA estimates the plan would save up to 8,300 lives annually in the United States and Canada by 2020. Urban neighborhoods that surround ports, like the hubs of Newark, New Jersey and Los Angeles, have typically suffered the worst health problems, such as asthma and cancer, from the pollutants, according to EPA studies. Some 40 U.S. ports currently fail to meet federal air pollution standards."
But there doesn’t have to be any pollution to control. For more information, see www.terrahumanafoundation.org.