Houston Chronicle 10/29/13 By Ingrid Lobet

The Port of Houston, the second-busiest in the country, is preparing for a large increase in cargo traffic thanks to growth in petrochemicals and the Panama Canal expansion. Now neighbors in some of the city’s portside neighborhoods are organizing for the first time to address what they fear will be an accompanying increase in air pollution .

A newly formed group, the Healthy Port Communities Coalition, wants the Port of Houston to take the lead in reducing diesel pollution from trucks, trains, ships and other transport-related equipment. The exhaust from heavy engines is linked to asthma attacks, increased respiratory infections, hospitalizations and school absences.