Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Location Los Angeles and Long Beach California
Organization U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Human Impact Partners

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 (EPA) contracted with Human Impact Partners to develop the scope for a health impact assessment (HIA) of proposed expansion projects for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. The process included public meetings to bring stakeholders together for input. The EPA hoped to use the scoping project as a way to inform stakeholders about HIA and its benefits, and to develop a more concrete understanding of what an HIA on port projects and plans would entail. Some of the pathways and health issues included in the scope were: asthma and other respiratory diseases related to air quality during construction and port operations; stress, hypertension, and other noise exposure effects due to environmental noise during construction and post operations; health concerns related to water pollution from port activities and storm water run-off; traffic safety for pedestrians, bicycles, and drivers due to truck and rail traffic related to port activities; and displacement of residents, businesses, and community resources due to port projects and port-related activities.

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Decision makers at all levels are using the fast-growing field of HIA to take health into account when making decisions in a broad range of sectors, including agriculture, education, energy and budgeting, in all types of locations--rural, suburban, and urban, local, regional or statewide. Learn more about the information sources that were used to develop this page.

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  • Status Complete
  • Completion Date 2010
  • Decision-Level Federal
  • Sector Transportation
  • Organization Type Nonprofit