US EPA awards $4.2m for emission reduction upgrades at ports

08 April 2014 17:24  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $4.2m in grants to help six ports retrofit, replace or repower diesel-fuelled equipment to reduce harmful emissions, the agency announced on Tuesday.

“Ports are the main gateway for US trade and are critical to our country’s economic growth, yet the communities surrounding ports face serious environmental challenges,” EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said in a statement.

The largest grant, at $1.2m, was awarded to the Port of Seattle in Washington state. The grant supplements an existing port programme and will provide funding to incentivise replacement of 40 old heavy-duty drayage trucks with trucks powered by 2010 or newer engines.

The Maryland Port Administration received $750,000, also for a drayage truck replacement program that would incentivise the replacement of 35 trucks.

The Virginia Port Authority received $750,000 to replace shuttle carriers with hybrid diesel-electric shuttle carriers.

The Port of Tacoma in Washington state received $601,949 to repower a switcher locomotive with an engine equipped with an automatic start-stop system to reduce idling.

The Port of Hueneme in California received $500,000 to complete an electrification project to supply shore power to ocean going vessels to reduce emissions from ship idling.

The City of Los Angeles Harbor Department in California received $469,000 to retrofit 14 pieces of cargo handling equipment with diesel particulate filters.

The grants are part of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, through which EPA has been funding clean diesel projects since 2008.

By: Jessie Waldheim

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