The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is still honing its grip on diesel cars, even as states and federal governments continue to fight over efforts to loosen fuel economy and emissions regulations,media reported. The agency announced Tuesday that it will provide $44 million to states to replace older diesel cars to reduce air pollution.
“Modernizing our aging diesel-powered vehicles is an important part of the Trump administration’s plan to further reduce harmful emissions and guide counties to meet targets,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement. The government agency also noted that diesel engines account for 90 percent of u.S. shipments.
It is reported that the $44 million will be allocated to 10 regions. The 10th District (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) can claim the most money, while in District 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin) can apply for up to $3 million. Obviously, the fifth region is part of the Midwest, where there is a lot of cargo transportation every day.
The grant will be used to replace old diesel buses, freight trucks, off-road vehicles (construction equipment), etc. Clearly, new vehicles must be cleaner than the ones replaced, and the money could be used for certain EPA or CARB-approved projects to further reduce emissions from diesel vehicles. Applicants will receive priority funding.
It is reported that the application deadline of February 26, the EPA will notify the selected applicants in May.