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EPA Awards $4.2 Million for Six Clean Diesel Port Projects

April 9, 2014

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $4.2 million in grant funding for clean diesel projects at six U.S. ports.

The announcement was made Wednesday during the EPA’s inaugural Port Stakeholders Summit in Baltimore.

The grants will be used to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions with money provided through Diesel Emissions Reduction Act to retrofit, replace, or repower diesel engines resulting in immediate emissions reductions in harmful pollution, according to the agency.

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The grant recipients are the Port of Seattle, the Port of Hueneme, the Port of Tacoma, the Maryland Port Administration, the Virginia Port Authority and the Port of Los Angeles.

“Ports are the main gateway for U.S. trade and are critical to our country’s economic growth, yet the communities surrounding ports face serious environmental challenges,” said EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. “Today we demonstrate that through collaboration and innovation we can achieve the goals of economic growth and environmental stewardship.”

Most of the country’s busiest ports are located in or near large metropolitan areas and, as a result, people in nearby communities can be exposed to high levels of pollution, said EPA.

“For example, diesel powered port equipment can seriously impact air quality for nearby residents and generate substantial greenhouse gas and black carbon emissions,” the agency said. “Implementing clean air strategies at ports will reduce emissions and provide health benefits from improved air quality for workers and families who live nearby.”

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  1. 1. Robert Swan [ April 10, 2014 @ 04:51AM ]

    This study grant money is a joke. This is like studying the neighborhood around a foundry. And asking them if the noise from the hammers is to loud.But this us the BS. we in this country get for allowing this EPA. get away with. I’m going to speak my peace. EPA. whom ever you are ? Give me the millions your going to waste on this study. I think I as fast as you write the check out I could tell you the impact. Here is the study results. The ports provide jobs, and help our country ship goods in and out. The air probably is not the greatest around there.
    But we can not keep beating the truck MFG. to death. My suggestion when you bought a house near the port, you didn't notice it? EPA. you would be better served giving that cash out to the owners of the trucks that sit in shops across this country each and every day. From having to deal with the BS. regulations you have in place now. Do you realize the mess this industry is in? Keep your 2 cents out of the transportation end of this. Worry about some thing like this. With out trucks you do not eat. We all want clean air. But you Nazi"s perfer us to live in the stone age. Wake up. The industry cant be pushed much further. Take the millions your pissin away and buy some new trucks that we use daily with the DPF, DEF, systems on them. Let them pull your research teams cross this country This may be a problem when your sitting in a shop because your emissions system failed you for the 300th time .
    IDIOTS.

 

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