DC, May 6, 2005 (ENS): The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) today announced under its National
Clean Diesel Campaign that it will be accepting applications
for projects that will reduce emissions from nonroad
vehicles and equipment.
These projects would reduce diesel emissions through
the use of retrofit technologies on various types of
vehicles, such as construction, agriculture and port-related
The agency says it will award between eight and 12
cooperative agreements, ranging in from $50,000 to $150,000.
The deadline for receipt of applications is July 1,
"Reducing emissions from diesel engines is one
of the most important air quality challenges facing
the country," the EPA says.
Even with tougher heavy-duty highway engine standards
set to take effect over the next decade, over the next
20 years millions of diesel engines already in use will
continue to emit large amounts of nitrogen oxides and
particulate matter, both of which contribute to serious
public health problems.
Diesel exhaust is responsible for "thousands of
instances of premature mortality, hundreds of thousands
of asthma attacks, millions of lost work days, and numerous
other health impacts," the agency says.
The EPA' National Clean Diesel Campaign is the agency's
vehicle for reducing the pollution emitted from diesel
engines across the country through the implementation
of varied control strategies and the involvement of
national, state, and local partners.
For additional information on the grant applications,
and for information on EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign,