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Got a good idea how to reduce diesel emissions in your town? Do you live in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio or Wisconsin? Two "yes"es and you should click here to submit a project proposal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5's Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative. The EPA will accept submissions for the next two months (until Sept. 18) and will announce about $300,000 in grants for the cleaner diesel projects next Jan. 1.

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A new EPA requirement limiting emissions from stationary diesel engines (such as those used at power, chemical and manufacturing plants or in emergencies to produce electricity or pump water) was adopted June 28. The new rule requires new, modified or reconstructed diesel engines to gradually emit less NOx, PM, SO2, CO, and HC between now and 2015. The EPA estimates an overall emissions reduction of 90 percent for some of these substances by the time the lower limits are fully in effect in 2015.

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