EPA Awarding Grants for Projects to Reduce Diesel Emissions at Ports
The Environmental Protection Agency announced Sept. 22 the availability of up to $5 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from marine and inland water ports located in areas of poor air quality. A list of such eligible areas is attached below. All proposals must be received by Dec. 11.
The EPA notes that older diesel engines emit large amounts of air pollutants linked to a range of serious health problems. Most of the country’s busiest ports are located near large metropolitan areas, the EPA notes, and most ships and equipment at ports run on diesel engines. As a result, clean diesel projects at ports will produce immediate emissions reductions and provide health benefits to those living and working in the area.
The EPA anticipates awarding between two and five assistance agreements, and applicants may request up to $2 million in funding toward eligible projects. Port authorities, governmental or quasi-governmental public agencies that operate ports, and state and local governments with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality are eligible to apply. Community groups, marine terminal operators, shipping carriers and other related entities are encouraged to participate through partnerships with eligible applicants. Projects may include drayage trucks, marine engines, locomotives and cargo handling equipment at marine or inland water ports.