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.
This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.