Clean diesel grants available

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has $1.7 million available to governments and nonprofit organizations for clean diesel projects. Agency officials are taking applications until July 31 under the Voluntary Diesel Retrofit program as part of the USA 2007 Northeast Diesel Collaborative Emissions Reductions Grant Program.

The EPA is accepting applications for the Voluntary Diesel Retrofit Program from states and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribes, international organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals and other public or private nonprofit institutions.

All projects must demonstrate innovative pollution reduction among on- and off-road vehicles and equipment, including heavy trucks, and must benefit the air quality in the area that includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont and federally recognized tribal lands in these regions.

Projects may include add-on pollution control technology, engine or vehicle replacement, idle reduction technologies or strategies, and cleaner fuel use. More information is available at www.epa.gov.