$1.85 million EPA grant boosts clean diesel efforts

  • November 8, 2018
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  • Bill Droessler

We are thrilled to announce that we are significantly growing our clean diesel efforts through Project Green Fleet thanks to a $1.85 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This grant will allow us to replace or retrofit older diesel engines with newer, cleaner ones in towboats, rail equipment, and construction equipment used along the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and Saint Paul. This work will remove the pollution reduction equivalent of approximately 30,000 cars from the road annually and allow businesses to upgrade their vehicles with cleaner equipment many years ahead of when normal fleet attrition would occur.

Minnesota’s air quality is generally good and has improved over the last decade. Cross-sector collaborations – like Clean Air Minnesota – are key to keeping Minnesota’s air clean because much of the state’s air pollution comes from widespread, less-regulated sources like cars, trucks, construction equipment, and other large diesel vehicles and boats.

We are proud of our ongoing collaboration with the EPA. This Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grant is the 11th grant we have received from the EPA.

Project Green Fleet’s impact

Our new clean diesel projects will be part of Project Green Fleet, an award-winning, voluntary program which provides pollution control equipment for heavy diesel vehicles at low or no cost to participating businesses. Project Green Fleet started in 2005 as an initiative of Clean Air Minnesota, a cross-sector coalition of air quality leaders who work proactively to reduce air pollution in Minnesota.

In its 15 years of operation, the efforts of Clean Air Minnesota have reduced the air quality equivalent of 1.3 million cars from the road annually with statewide impact through collaborative, voluntary, cost-effective means.