McCrory administration awards grants for reducing vehicle emissions

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 4:30pm

The McCrory administration has awarded $201,032 in grants for projects aimed at reducing air pollution from mobile sources.  Mobile sources are any type of vehicle that can pollute the air, including automobiles, trucks, buses, locomotives, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, construction equipment and lawnmowers. 

The grants can cover a range of projects, such as retrofitting school buses with controls to curb diesel emissions, repowering non-road equipment with cleaner-burning engines, and converting vehicles to run on alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas.

The state environmental department announced the grants through the Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Grants program, which is administered through the state air quality division.  The grants program is funded by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and support projects designed to achieve significant diesel emissions reductions.

The grant winners for calendar year 2015 include two projects:

  • N.C. Department of Transportation, Rail Division, $102,500 for installing a diesel particulate filter on a locomotive that is used for commuter traffic on the Amtrak route between Raleigh and Charlotte.
  • Transylvania County Schools, $98,532 for retrofitting 10 school buses with diesel particulate filters.

For more information about the Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Grants program, please visit the Division of Air Quality website or via e-mail at daq.mscb.ncdaqgrants@ncdenr.gov.