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U.S. EPA's Region 5 Awards More Than $1.2 million in Recovery Act Funding to Great Lakes Commission to Reduce Diesel Emissions and Create Jobs

Release Date: 07/21/2009
Contact Information: William Omohundro, 312-353-8254, omohundro.william@epa.gov

CONTACT: William Omohundro, 312-353-8254, omohundro.william@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 09-OPA139


(Chicago - July 21, 2009) In a move that stands to create jobs, boost local economies, reduce diesel emissions and protect human health and the environment for people of the Great Lakes Basin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has awarded more than $1.2 million to the Great Lakes Commission to put cleaner diesel engines in two Great Lakes self-unloading bulk carrier marine vessels. These clean diesel projects will create jobs while protecting air quality.

"Investing in clean diesel projects in the Great Lakes region will protect public health, bolster the economy and create green jobs," said Bharat Mathur, acting regional administrator. "These Recovery Act funds will move us one step closer to a clean energy future."

The funds are provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. Under this funding competition, EPA Region 5 alone received 81 grant applications requesting $211 million to help fund clean diesel emissions projects. The awards announced today were chosen to maximize both economic impact and emissions reductions.

In addition to helping create and retain jobs, the clean diesel projects would reduce premature deaths, asthma attacks and other respiratory ailments, lost work days, and many other health impacts every year.

The Recovery Act allotted the National Clean Diesel Campaign a total of $300 million, of which the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program received $156 million to fund competitive grants across the nation. The Recovery Act also included $20 million for the National Clean Diesel Emerging Technology Program grants and $30 million for the SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program grants.

In addition, under the Act's State Clean Diesel Grant program, a total of $88.2 million has been provided to states for clean diesel projects through a noncompetitive allocation process.

President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on February 17, and has directed that the Recovery Act be implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability. To that end, the American people can see how every dollar is being invested at Recovery.gov.

For information on EPA's implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, visit: http://www.epa.gov/recovery.

For information about EPA's clean diesel initiatives, visit: http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel.
For information about the Great Lakes Commission, visit: http://www.glc.org.


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