Exerpt below: From the article, written by Marcia Mattson,
Both port and industry are embracing the importance of
protecting the environment in Northeast Florida while also
servicing business needs.
To preserve and protect the environment in which the port
operates, JAXPORT supports several organizations and events
throughout Northeast Florida, including the Tree Hill Nature
Center, Greenscape of Jacksonville, and the Academy of Coastal and
Environmental Sciences (ACES), in addition to programs to protect
the North Atlantic Right Whale and West Indian Manatee.
JAXPORT actively participates in the Annual Right Whale
Festival, an event that teaches children and the community about
the annual migration of the whales and measures in place to protect
The port also has an operating procedure in place to protect
manatees, and designs its facilities to provide water "roadways"
for marine life to move to safety if they happen to be swimming
between a docking ship and the berth.
"At JAXPORT, we're committed to protecting the environment, and
we also encourage anyone bringing a ship in or out of this harbor
to do what's environmentally right," said David Stubbs, JAXPORT
Director of Properties and Environmental Compliance.
JAXPORT and its tenants adhere to all local, state and federal
environmental regulations. While local, state and
federal agencies enforce environmental laws, service providers like
Moran Environmental Recovery (MER) assist port businesses with
their environmental needs.
"We focus on being prepared to enter both planned and emergency
response situations so that our workers and the public are safe
from harm, and so we can quickly and efficiently conduct work that
first prevents any impacts to the environment and then helps to
clean up existing areas," said Jay Daniel, MER Regional Vice
MER expanded in January with the acquisition of Water Recovery,
LLC (WRI), and again in May with the addition of oil spill removal
organization Jacksonville Pollution Control (JPC). Moran
Towing Corporation is a partial owner as well as valued business
partner of MER.
WRI is a Jacksonville centralized waste water treatment plant
that specializes in non-hazardous industrial waste water
transportation, treatment and disposal. The plant is also
fully integrated and permitted by the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection as a used oil recycling facility.
"Our staff is truly committed to WRI's reputation for honesty,
integrity, and industry leading regulatory compliance," said Greg
Reynolds, WRI's Vice President and General Manager.
In the past four years, WRI has won three consecutive
Environmental Stewardship awards from local electric authority JEA,
and in 2008, was honored with JEA's highest award, the Platinum
Award for Environmental, Excellence. The partnership allows
MER to provide services that include integrated waste management by
specialists in the industry.
For a complete copy of the article, written by Marcia
Mattson of JAXPORT magazine, please click here
For a copy of JAXPORT Magazine, Summer 2011 Edition, please
visit the JAXPORT website