PNW gets $16 million in recovery funds for clean-diesel projects
From my corner of the universe: The Environmental Protection Agency is doling out more than $16 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to various Pacific Northwest agencies for projects designed to reduce diesel emissions in Washington State.
The projects include the installation of a shore power system at a Tacoma terminal and retrofit and replacement programs for vessels, trucks and rail.
EPA said the clean diesel projects will create jobs and boost local economies. In addition, the agency said the cleaner air will also help reduce premature deaths, asthma attacks and other respiratory problems, lost workdays, and many other health impacts for the people in the state.
“These Recovery investments strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce health risks for more than four million Washingtonians who live and work in areas exposed to dangerous diesel exhaust,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Seattle’s ports are critical hubs for job creation in the local, national and global economies. We’re sending a clear message that we can protect our health and the environment at the same time we grow the economy.”
Project receiving funds include:
- Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
- $739,577 to retrofit engines on tugboats operated by FOSS Marine that will reduce particulate matter, hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions
- $2,534,511 to retrofit Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotives
- Washington Department of Ecology
- $1,730,000 for cargo-handling equipment at port facilities, including partial flow filters and diesel oxidation catalysts
- Cascade Sierra Solutions:
- $907,072 for the retrofit of heavy-duty diesel-powered vehicles with aerodynamic technology
- $9,000,000 for heavy-duty diesel trucks to get replacements, exhaust retrofits, re-powering, idle reduction technology, aerodynamic technology and new tires
- Port of Tacoma:
- $1,488,080 to install a shoreside electrical connection system and alternative maritime power at the Totem Ocean Trailer Express Terminal. Two oceangoing vessels will be retrofitted and TOTE will add certified shipside technology.
The Recovery Act funds are provided through grants in the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. Under this funding competition, EPA’s Region 10 in the Northwestalone received 49 grant applications that sought more than $80 million to help fund clean diesel emissions projects. The awards were chosen to maximize economic impact and emissions reductions.
The Recovery Act provided a total of $300 million for the National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC), of which the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program received $156 million to fund competitive grants across the nation.The Recovery Act also included $20 million for the National Clean Diesel Emerging Technology Program grants and $30 million for the SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program grants.
In addition, a total of $88.2 million has been provided to states for clean diesel projects through a noncompetitive allocation process via the State Clean Diesel Grant program.
Here’s more info on the EPA’s clean diesel initiatives.