WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $50 million for clean diesel projects. These efforts will replace, retrofit or repower more than 8,000 older school buses, trucks, locomotives, vessels and other diesel-powered machines, the EPA said.
For a list of the grantees, click here.
From 2008 to 2010, EPA awarded nearly $470 million to more than 350 grantees across the nation under the diesel emissions reduction program (DERA). The grant-supported clean diesel projects have cleaned or replaced more than 50,000 vehicles and equipment nationwide. Grants under DERA, in addition to the clean diesel program grants, include:
· National Funding Assistance Program grants
· Emerging Technologies grants
· SmartWay Finance Program grants
· Direct State Allocations.
Every state will receive funding for clean diesel projects through direct state allocations. Additionally, EPA plans to award more than 50 grants across the nation. This year for the first time, the following territories can now receive direct state allocation funds: Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign works cooperatively with state and local air agencies, tribes, communities, environmental groups, and the diesel industry to help control diesel emissions.