Foss, TOTE, Port of Tacoma Gain Stimulus FundsWASHINGTON - The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, on Dec. 2 announced more than $16 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to local agencies for projects that will reduce diesel emissions in Washington State. Administrator Jackson made the announcement at a press conference with a representative of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, one of the grant recipients, at Bell Harbor in Seattle, Washington. Not only will these clean diesel projects create jobs and boost local economies, the cleaner air will also help reduce premature deaths, asthma attacks and other respiratory problems, lost work days, and many other health impacts for the people of Washington.
"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."
The grants in the announcement will cover several projects:
- Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
- $739,577 for retrofitting engines on tugboats operated by FOSS Marine that will reduce particulate matter, hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions
- $2,534,511 for retrofitting locomotive engines owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe
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,
President Obama has directed that the Recovery Act be implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability. To that end, the American people can see how every dollar is being invested at www.recovery.gov
For information on EPA's implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in Region 10, visit: http://www.epa.gov/recovery
For information about EPA's clean diesel initiatives, visit: http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel
For information about Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, visit http://www.pscleanair.org/
Posted: December 4, 2009
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