EPA grant goes towards replacing old push boats’ engines


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The EPA is giving a grant to the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission to reduce the diesel production of push boats travelling along the Mississippi River. The $498,978 grant will replace engines on push boats that are 51-58 years old.

According to the EPA’s news release, this grant is part of a larger plan to reduce diesel emissions:

EPA has awarded $50 million for clean diesel projects as part of its ongoing campaign to reduce harmful emissions in the air and better protect people’s health. These efforts will replace, retrofit or repower more than 8,000 older school buses, trucks, locomotives, vessels, and other diesel powered machines. Reducing emissions from existing diesels provides cost-effective public health and environmental benefits while supporting green jobs at manufacturers, dealerships and businesses across the country.

Diesel engines emit 7.3 million tons of smog-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 333,000 tons of soot annually. Diesel pollution is linked to thousands of premature deaths, hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks and millions of lost work days. While EPA’s standards significantly reduce emissions from newly manufactured engines, clean diesel projects funded through these grants will work to address the more than 11 million older diesel engines that continue to emit higher levels of harmful pollution.

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