EPA Offers $9 Million for Clean Diesel Projects

By Eric Haun at May 05, 2014 12:03
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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made available $9 million in grant funding for nationwide clean diesel initiatives that aim to reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines.

The initiative was launched by the EPA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA), which started in 2008 with the goal of improving air quality and health by reducing pollution throughout the United States. Though in most cases diesel engines are extraordinarily efficient and reliable, research has shown that their emission of air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM), not only harm the environment, but also pose a number of adverse health effects. The EPA estimates that clean diesel funding generates up to $13 of public health benefit for every $1 spent on diesel projects.

Offering grant money for diesel emission reduction projects (exhaust control/reduction device installations, equipment upgrades and vehicle/engine replacement, to name a few options), the new clean diesel project will target the most cost-effective projects and fleets operating in areas designated as poor air quality areas. The EPA said it expects to award 10-20 assistance agreements across the U.S. transportation industry, including, of course, the marine sector. Other possible projects include school/transit buses, heavy-duty diesel trucks, locomotives, etc.

Proposals must be submitted to the EPA before June 17, 2014.

The EPA said it has already awarded more than 600 DERA grants across the U.S., leading to the reduction of more than 250,000 tons of NOx and more than 14,000 tons of PM.

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