EPA Awards $5 Million for Clean Diesel Projects at U.S. Ports
The Environmental Protection Agency announced April 21 the award of $5 million in grant funding for clean diesel projects at U.S. ports in California, Oregon, New Jersey and Texas. These grants will enable the replacement of a diesel-powered crane with an all-electric crane in Los Angeles, the replacement of Tier 1 engines with Tier 4 certified engines on marine vessels that operate between New York and New Jersey, the retrofitting of cargo handling equipment and replacement of 23 drayage trucks in Portland, Ore., and the replacement of 25 drayage trucks in Houston.
Since 2008 the EPA has awarded 150 grants totaling about $175 million for improving air quality at or near ports. Most of the country’s busiest ports are located near large metropolitan areas, the EPA states, exposing people in neighboring communities to high levels of emissions from the diesel engines that power most ships and port equipment. As a result, new diesel engines that can be as much as 90 percent cleaner than the engines they replace produce emissions reductions and health benefits to those living and working in the area.