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PNW gets ARRA funds for emissions reduction

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shorepowerThe Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Northwest Region Region 10 is awarding more than $3 million in federal recovery funds to the Port of Tacoma, and the City of Portland in moves intended to reduce diesel emissions, boost jobs and “protect human health and the environment.”

The agency, which is also about to issue rules regulating emissions from largo ocean-going cargo and passenger passenger vessels calling at ports nationwide, says $1.5 million of the total will go to the Port of Tacoma to reduce diesel and greenhouse gas emissions by retrofitting” two oceangoing vessels and installing shoreside electric plugs to provide the ships with access to alternative maritime power at the port’s Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) terminal.

In Portland, the EPA will dole out $1.6 million to reduce emissions from the city’s municipal fleet vehicles and construction contractor equipment.

“Investing in projects to reduce diesel pollution is essential to air quality and our quality of life in the Northwest,” says Michelle Pirzadeh, action regional administrator for Region 10.truckdiesel emissions

In each case the funds come from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. Under this program, Region 10 received more than 49 grant applications that sought more than $80 million to help fund various clean diesel emissions projects.

In Tacoma the money will enable TOTE to shut down its vessels’ diesel engines while in port and use shore power. This will reduce diesel particulate matter and GHG emissions by an estimated 90 percent for at-berth vessels by eliminating idling at the terminal.

EPA also said this project will help create or sustain an estimated 50 manufacturing and local installation jobs in a region where the jobless rate is more than the national average.

In Portland, in addition to reducing fleet emissions, the project grant will fund the installation of fuel-operated heaters — technology designed to reduce idling time — on 237 vehicles in Portland and the surrounding Multnomah County.

ARRA’s clean diesel campaign was alloted a total of $300 million, out of which the Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program received $156 million to fund competitive grants across the nation. ARRA also has $20 million slotted for clean diesel emerging technology program grants and $30 million for the EPA’s SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance grant program.


Written by William DiBenedetto

24 July, 2009 at 4:48 pm

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  1. Good to see that people still know what they are talking about. So much BS around these days!


    27 July, 2009 at 1:06 am

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