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EPA Finalizes Clean Diesel Grants in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri
Kansas Ag Connection - 10/22/2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that nine organizations in EPA Region 7 have been selected to receive over $2.23 million from the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants Program funding.

Over $50 million in 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 is proud to support our partners as they deliver cleaner air benefits to local communities across the country," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "New diesel engines operate cleaner than older engines, and for each dollar invested in clean diesel projects, communities get $13 in cumulative health benefits."

"We thank these organizations for stepping up to improve air quality in our communities. Reducing the number of older diesel engines for both on- and off-road vehicles reduces harmful emissions and helps us reach our goal of clean air across the Midwest," said EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford.

To support the Administrator's clean air goals, the Agency anticipates awarding these grants once all legal and administrative requirements are satisfied. So far in 2020, EPA has finalized awards for 41 clean diesel projects and programs. The Agency anticipates completing additional awards throughout the rest of the year.

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