Regional partners awarded EPA grants to reduce diesel emissions

Funding aims to reduce diesel pollution and benefit local communities

Projects in the region have been awarded a total of $1.7 million in grant money by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which aim to reduce diesel emissions from the region’s fleet of existing older and dirtier engines and vehicles. The funding is part of a $77 million nationwide award package from the 2021 Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA).

“Cleaner trucks, buses, boats, and heavy equipment keep local economies thriving while better protecting the health of the people living and working near ports, schools, and along delivery routes,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Combined with $5 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law going to electric and alternative fuel school buses over the coming months and years, EPA is leading an unprecedented investment in cleaner air for communities across the country.”

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency was awarded $1,000,000 for a project that will replace nine yard trucks with electric trucks. The Northwest Seaport Alliance was awarded $719,957 to replace drayage trucks with newer, cleaner models.

Furthermore, the Washington Department of Ecology was awarded $526,487. The department helps school districts in the state replace or retrofit old school buses with newer, cleaner models, as well as assist other public agencies with the retrofitting of vehicles, locomotives, garbage trucks, and other handling equipment.

The grants are intended to reduce diesel pollution and benefit local communities, many of which face environmental justice concerns.