By The Editorial Board
The Houston Chronicle , September 14, 2022
Ports are often compared to human arteries — vital, internal processing routes that carry essential stuff from one place to another. Most people don’t know much about either one. Houstonians are as likely to ponder how the couches we sit on get from ships into our living rooms as we are to ponder the workings of our own aortas.
That’s not true for people living nearest the ships, and the cranes and trucks. Mostly communities of color, they deal with high levels of ozone, particulate matter and other pollutants as part of their daily lives.