New Hampshire Receives Economic Recovery Funding to Reduce Diesel Emissions, Create Jobs
Release Date: 04/24/2009
Contact Information: EPA Office of Public Affairs, (617) 918-1010
(Boston, Mass. – April 24, 2009) – In a move that stands to create jobs, boost local economies, reduce diesel emissions and protect human health and the environment for the people in New Hampshire, EPA has awarded $1.73 million to the N.H. Dept. of Environmental Services (NH DES). The funding can be used to support clean diesel projects and loan programs to address the nation’s existing fleet of over 11 million diesel engines.
“This is part of the nationwide clean energy transition that is clearing the air and creating millions of jobs across America,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Communities using innovative measures to cut harmful diesel emissions are cutting costs, creating jobs, and keeping people healthy.”
“This Recovery Act funding will provide a great boost to Clean Air investments in New Hampshire,” said Ira Leighton, acting regional administrator for EPA’s New England office. “This money will help the state to bolster its economy, protect public health and create green jobs that improve air quality.”
The funds provided by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009 will go to the state's air resources program. This program will retrofit, replace, upgrade and repower a variety of public and privately owned fleets, including school buses, transit buses, medium and heavy duty trucks, marine engines, locomotives, construction equipment and cargo handling equipment operating throughout the state.
In addition to helping to 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.
Under ARRA’s State clean diesel funding program, $88.2 million is divided equally through a noncompetitive allocation process, meaning that all 50 states and the District of Columbia will receive $1.73 million.
States, local governments, non-profits and tribal agencies can also compete for a portion of $206 million under ARRA’s National clean diesel funding program.
President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on February 17, 2009 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.
- New England environmental work under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (www.epa.gov/region1/eparecovery/index.html)
- EPA’s national implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (www.epa.gov/recovery)
- EPA clean diesel work in New England (www.epa.gov/region1/topics/air/dieselexhaust.html)
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