This week’s On the Radio segment covers a program by the EPA that aims reduce harmful diesel emissions. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.
The US Environmental Protection Agency is providing funding to reduce pollution from diesel engines.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
The EPA has made $2 million available in funding for rebates to help construction equipment owners replace or retrofit older diesel engines.
The goals of these rebates are to help reduce harmful pollution and improve air quality in local areas.
Workers constantly exposed to diesel emissions risk health effects ranging from irritation of the eyes and nose, headaches and nausea, to respiratory disease and lung cancer.
Rebates will be offered as part of the Diesel Emission Reduction Act.
Public and private construction equipment owners in eligible counties that are facing air quality challenges are encouraged to apply.
EPA will accept applications until January 15 and anticipates awarding funds in February.
To learn more about reducing emissions, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.