News Releases - Air
U.S. EPA Awards Over $126,000 to Nevada for Clean Diesel Project
Release Date: 10/15/2012
Contact Information: Rusty Harris-Bishop, 415-972-3140
(10/15/12) SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded a $126,421 grant to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) for a clean diesel project in Clark County. This was part of the agency’s ongoing national campaign with $30 million being awarded to reduce harmful diesel exhaust that can lead to asthma attacks and premature deaths.
The West Coast Collaborative administers the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) program in Nevada. The DERA program is designed to help owners and operators replace, retrofit or repower older medium and heavy-duty diesel-powered engines like those that operate in marine vessels, port equipment, locomotives, construction and agriculture equipment, trucks and buses.
Diesel engines are durable, fuel-efficient workhorses in the American economy. However, older diesels that predate newer, cleaner standards emit large amounts of air pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. These pollutants are linked to health problems, including asthma, lung and heart disease and even premature death. Clean diesel projects funded through these grants will work to address the more than 11 million older diesel engines that continue to emit higher levels of pollution.
projects have reduced hundreds of thousands of tons of air pollution and saved millions of gallons of fuel. More on the grants and
the National Clean Diesel Campaign may be found at: http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel
More information about the West Coast Collaborative may be found at: http://www.westcoastcollaborative.org
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