The Port of Portland’s air quality policy promotes cleaner air in the region’s airshed.
In 2002, we began using biodiesel to power all diesel vehicles (except fire trucks) at PDX. In 2005, we began fueling all container-handling equipment at marine Terminal 6 with ultralow sulfur diesel. Fire trucks at PDX and dredge support equipment began using the ultralow sulfur diesel in 2006. That same year, many of our tenants at Terminals 4 and 5 also made the switch.
By 2007, ultralow sulfur diesel became the standard for all Port construction projects, and the Dredge Oregon switched as well. Further, the Port has replaced older equipment with new, cleaner-burning machinery, and we are retrofitting other equipment so they emit fewer pollutants. We continue to look for ways to reduce the amount of fuel combusted and to incorporate cleaner-burning fuel into our work.
David Breen, Port Air Quality Manager, 503.240.6811