DALLAS – The "muscles" behind manufacturing and warehousing for decades, forklifts are now putting power into North Texas efforts for clean air, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Deford Lumber, Ltd., in Dallas is one of several companies helping forklifts become the newest "vehicles" for clean air as part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP). TERP is managed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and serves as a national model for replacing and retrofitting older diesel engines.

Deford received more than $130,000 from the state-run program to replace the aging diesel engines in four of its forklifts and two haul trucks with cleaner, less-polluting models. In doing so, the company will prevent more than 13 tons of nitrogen oxide from polluting North Texas air.

Other grant recipients from the Dallas-Fort Worth area include Land Lumber Co., Inc.; Mitchell and Bourland; Pam Heart; Neal Gay; James O. Worley; Robert Boyer; Bret Sapp; and Wayne Carroll. Together, their individual grants total more than $718,000 towards new engines for haul, cement, and dump trucks. They will also prevent the release of more than 71 tons of nitrogen oxide, which is one of the key contributors to ground-level ozone, or smog.