Clean diesel campaign offers nonroad technology grants

WASHINGTON, 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 equipment.

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, 2005.

"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, visit: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html#trans, and for information on EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign, visit: http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/.

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