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March 11, 2019   |   MarineLog

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New research makes case for workboat repower grants


New research makes a powerful case for continued funding for EPA Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants and loans for projects that reduce emissions from existing workboat diesel engines. It also underscores the opportunities for state governments to make major air quality gains by using funds from Volkswagen’s $2.9 billion environmental mitigation trust for marine repower projects.

A study completed by Ramboll Environ for the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) finds that the average Category 2 workboat remains in service for 50 years, instead of the 23-year lifespan estimated by the EPA in the 2008 Heavy Duty Locomotive and Marine Rule.

 


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