EPA to Award up to $73 million for Clean Diesel Projects
On September 29, at a press conference in Minnesota, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced over $73 million in grants and funding expected to be awarded to support numerous clean diesel programs and projects across the country at the state and local level. Over $50 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants Program funding is expected to be awarded to implement projects aimed at reducing diesel emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of old, dirty engines and vehicles. Additionally, EPA anticipates providing approximately $23.5 million under DERA’s 2020 State Grants program to 48 states and four territories to implement their own diesel emissions reduction programs.
EPA Cleaner Trucks Initiative (CTI)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting pre-proposal comments on a rulemaking effort known as the Cleaner Trucks Initiative (CTI). This advance notice describes EPA’s plans for a new rulemaking that would establish new emission standards for oxides of nitrogen (NOX) and other pollutants for highway heavy-duty engines. It also describes opportunities to streamline and improve certification procedures to reduce costs for engine manufacturers. The EPA is seeking input on this effort from the public, including all interested stakeholders, to inform the development of a subsequent notice of proposed rulemaking.
The docket for this ANPR is available at regulations.gov Docket ID #EPA-HQ-OAR-2019-0055.
New study quantifies the global health impacts of vehicle exhaust
New study provides a picture of the global, regional, and local health impacts attributable to emissions from four transportation subsectors: on-road diesel vehicles, other on-road vehicles, shipping, and non-road mobile engines such as agricultural and construction equipment. The study, by researchers from the International Council on Clean Transportation, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and the University of Colorado Boulder, links state-of-the-art vehicle emissions, air pollution, and epidemiological models to estimate health impacts at the global, regional, national, and local levels in 2010 and 2015. Also, see statement from Diesel Technology Forum suggesting that the "Research Validates the Benefits of New-Technology Diesel Engines."
Waterson Terminal Services Enters Green Marine Environmental Certification Program
Providence, RI – Waterson Terminal Services announced today they will enter into an environmental certification program with Green Marine for its stevedoring and terminal operations at ProvPort. Green Marine is a leading North American environmental certification program for the maritime transportation industry. The program is a voluntary initiative to surpass regulatory requirements within the maritime industry.
EPA Funding Will Help Clean Diesel Projects in New England States Annual program funding and Competitive grants yield $3.1 Million for New England projects
EPA's State Clean Diesel Program awarded a total of approximately $1.7 million to the six New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont to support states' efforts to reduce diesel pollution. In addition to the state program funding, under a competitive national grant competition EPA also awarded over $1.4 million for projects in New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts to reduce diesel emissions.
New U.S. EPA Resource Helps Schools Reduce Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution
Nearly 17,000 schools in rural and urban areas across the U.S. are located near heavily traveled roads, exposing kids to traffic-related air pollutants. To help schools reduce kids' exposures to traffic-related air pollution, EPA has compiled best practice solutions that schools across the country have employed. Best Practices for Reducing Near-Road Pollution Exposure at Schools summarizes several strategies that can be used by schools including ventilation, filtration, voluntary building occupant actions, school transportation policies, school siting and site layout decisions, and the use of sound walls and vegetative barriers. Read EPA's blog to learn more, and share this resource with others who may be interested.
EPA New England awards over $2 million to Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Connecticut Maritime Foundation to fund clean diesel projects under the Diesel Emissions Reduction National Competitive Program (DERA).