EPA clean diesel funding gets into gear

Sept. 25, 2008
To improve air quality and protect public health, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first $3.4 million in funding for clean diesel projects under the $50 million Diesel Emission Reduction Program.

To improve air quality and protect public health, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first $3.4 million in funding for clean diesel projects under the $50 million Diesel Emission Reduction Program. This campaign makes awards to save fuel and lower greenhouse gas and diesel exhaust emissions from the nation’s fleet of 11 million diesel engines.

"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 impacts."

Three organizations received $3.4 million for small trucking firms to lower fuel costs and shrink their carbon footprints through loans and rebates. The organizations receiving money under the national diesel program are: the Community Development Transportation Lending Services, Washington DC; Cascade Sierra Solutions, Oregon; and Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Missouri.

EPA will also begin disbursing $14.8 million for state clean diesel programs. All 50 states will receive money, and 35 states will put matching resources toward the program. Later this fall, $27.6 million in grants will be distributed by EPA’s ten regional offices. Finally, grant awards for emerging technologies totaling approximately $3.4 million will be announced this winter.

Learn more about EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign.

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