EPA has $9M for clean diesel projects

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WASHINGTON (May 2, 2014) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made $9 million available in grant funding for projects to reduce pollution and emissions exposure from the existing U.S. fleet of diesel engines.

Coming from the EPA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA), the grants will target the most cost-effective projects and fleets operating in areas of the U.S. designated as poor air quality areas, the agency said.

The EPA anticipates funding between 10 and 20 clean diesel projects. Among the strategies eligible for a grant are installing verified exhaust control and idle reduction devices; vehicle replacement; and engine replacement.

Projects involving school buses, transit buses, heavy-duty diesel trucks, marine engines and locomotives are among those eligible for grants, though other diesel engines also are eligible, according to the EPA.

To date, the EPA has issued more than 600 DERA grants across the U.S. It estimates it has reduced diesel emissions by more than 250,000 tons of nitrogen oxide and 14,000 tons of particulate matter through the grants.

The agency also estimates that it achieves up to $13 in public health benefits for every dollar spent on DERA grants.

June 17 is the deadline for submitting grant proposals. To access requests for proposals or for more information, go to the EPA website.

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