EPA Awards $145,000 for Diesel Retrofit Projects

The Wisconsin Department of Commerce got $50,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency for a project to retrofit diesel trucks with new emissions equipment. Twenty five trucks will be equipped with new oxidation catalysts and particulate filters. The catalysts will run $2,000 and the filters will be $12,000 per truck. The equipment installations combined with a program to reduce the amount of time that the vehicles spend idling to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. The idle reduction program includes installing alternative heating and cooling equipment in the trucks so that the drivers don't need to keep the engine running. The American Lung Association also got $95,000 from the EPA to help Chicago school buses reduce their emissions by fitting equipment to 43 buses in Chicago area school districts.
[Source: Environmental Protection Agency via GreenCarCongress]

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