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May 01, 2019 | EPA Newsroom
Clean diesel projects throughout the Northwest and Alaska are receiving a $3.8 million boost from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants program.
"By promoting clean diesel technologies, we can improve air quality and protect people’s health in economically disadvantaged communities, while growing our economy," said Chris Hladick, regional administrator for EPA's Northwest and Alaska Region. "Public-private partnerships like the West Coast Collaborative are leading the way on reducing harmful diesel emissions and creating jobs.”
In the past year EPA has awarded over $14.5 million in DERA funding to recipients in Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington to reduce diesel emissions from large diesel sources, such as trucks, buses, agriculture and port equipment. These projects will improve air quality by reducing over 650 tons of nitrogen oxides and 60 tons of particulate matter emissions from over 375 medium and heavy-duty diesel engines. Reducing particulate matter emissions has important public health and air quality benefits and reduces black carbon or soot.