State awards grants to reduce air pollution from mobile sources

Raleigh, NC

The state Division of Air Quality has awarded $180,986 in grants for projects to reduce 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 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 Department of Environmental Quality is awarding the grants through the 2016 Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant program, which is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program.

The purpose of Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program is to support projects designed to achieve significant diesel emissions reductions. The state Department of Environmental Quality’s grant is administered through the state Division of Air Quality.

The 2016 Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant winners include three projects. The recipients and grant funds awarded are:

Applicant: N.C. Department of Transportation, Rail Division

Grant Award: $39,000

Project Summary: Implement additional particulate matter controls on a passenger locomotive


Applicant
: Polk County Schools

Grant Award: $71,421

Project Summary: Retrofit five school buses with diesel particulate filters

Applicant: EnergyUnited

Grant Award: $71,565

Project Summary: Replace two diesel trucks with propane powered trucks

For more information about the mobile sources diesel emissions reduction grant program, please visit the state Division of Air Quality’s website at: http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-air-quality/mobile-source-emissions-reduction-grants or via e-mail at daq.mscb.ncdaqgrants@ncdenr.gov.

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