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Pa. offers grant to improve diesel fleets

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Operate a diesel fleet in Pennsylvania? The state Department of Environmental Protection might have a grant program for you.

DEP is taking applications for the Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grant Program. Those eligible include corporations, limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in the state, school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, state agencies and nonprofits.

“Ensuring the quality of our air is one of DEP’s most important missions,” DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said in a news release announcing the grant. “These grants create opportunities for emissions reductions, helping Pennsylvania achieve cleaner air.”

The clean diesel program’s goal is to improve air quality by decreasing emissions from diesel-powered vehicles. The program supports projects that retrofit fleet vehicles to curb emissions; purchase and install idle-reduction technology; or purchase clean alternative-fuel fleet vehicles.

Eligible vehicles include buses, both transit and school buses; medium- or heavy-duty trucks, Class 5 through Class 8; and on-road and non-road engines, equipment or vehicles used for construction, handling cargo, agriculture, mining or energy production.

Since the program’s inception in 2008, DEP has awarded more than $1.9 million in grants.

The grant program is funded through an annual allocation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State Clean Diesel Program.

Applications will be accepted through June 10.

To apply for a grant or for more information, go here.

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