EPA awards first $3.4M in $50M clean diesel funding

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, Sept. 24, announced the first $3.4 million in funding for clean diesel projects under the $50 million Diesel Emission Reduction Program. The campaign makes awards to save fuel and lower greenhouse gas and diesel exhaust emissions from the country’s existing fleet of 11 million diesel engines.

“This fall, EPA is paving the way for clean diesel progress,” says EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson. “These grants encourage technologies that will help truckers save over $72 million in fuel costs per year and lower their environmental impacts.”

Three organizations received $3.4 million for small trucking firms to lower fuel costs and shrink their carbon footprints through innovative loans and rebates. The organizations receiving funds under the national diesel program are Community Development Transportation Lending Services, Washington, D.C.; Cascade Sierra Solutions, Oregon; and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Missouri.

EPA also will begin disbursing $14.8 million for State Clean Diesel programs. All 50 states will receive funds, and 35 states will put matching resources toward the program. Later this fall, $27.6 million in grants will be distributed by EPA’s 10 regional offices. Finally, grant awards for emerging technologies totaling about $3.4 million will be announced this winter.

For more information on EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign, go to www.epa.gov/cleandiesel.