The first $3.4 million in funding for clean diesel projects has been allocated by the Environmental Protection Agency under the $50 million Diesel Emissions Reduction Program.
Three organizations split the grant money: the Community Development Transportation Lending Services in Washington, D.C.; Cascade Sierra Solutions in Oregon; and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. (OOIDA).
EPA will also award an additional $27.6 million at the discretion of its ten regional offices; $14.8 million to all 50 states for State Clean Diesel programs; and $3.4 million towards emerging technology.
"This fall, EPA is paving the way for clean diesel progress," said EPA administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "These grants encourage technologies that will help truckers save over $72 million in fuel costs per year and lower their environmental impact."