American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) Funds for Diesel Emission Reductions
California Projects to Receive $25 Million and City of Phoenix to Receive $829,697
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In a move that promises to create jobs, boost local economies, reduce diesel emissions and protect human health and the environment for the people of California, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $25,403,971 million to replace, repower and retrofit engines in buses, heavy-duty trucks, locomotives, agricultural vehicles, construction vehicles, and cargo handling equipment in the Los Angeles area, including Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego counties, and the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Funding will also go to the San Joaquin Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. U.S. EPA has also awarded $829,697 to the City of Phoenix for retrofits and replacement of city-owned equipments. The funding is provided through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009, National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program.
The projects are expected to significantly reduce particular matter (PM), nitrogen oxides, and carbon monoxide emissions, as well as greenhouse gas emissions, which can help to reduce premature deaths, asthma attacks and other respiratory ailments, lost work days, and many other health impacts every year.
ARRA Funds for Diesel Emission Reduction Projects in California
Caltrans “Retrofit Construction Equipment”
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) was selected for $951,431 in funding to install diesel particulate filters on 46 Caltrans-owned construction equipment, including crawler tractors, excavators, forklifts, graders, rollers, rubber tire loaders, surfacing equipment, sweepers, scrubbers, tractors, loaders, and backhoes. This equipment will operate throughout California, however a large proportion will be located in the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties, as well as the Bay Area.
CARB “South Coast New Switch Locomotives”
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) was selected for $8,888,888 in funding to repower eight switch yard locomotives that operate with new Tier 3 engines. The affected locomotives are owned by Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway and operate in the Southern California region.
Port of Los Angeles “Equipment and Vessels”
The City of Los Angeles Harbor Department, also known as Port of Los Angeles, was selected for $1,991,750 in funding to replace, repower, and/or retrofit a total of 27 pieces of equipment, including harbor craft, currently in operation at the port. The emission reductions achieved from this project will improve air quality and health in the surrounding areas.
Port of Long Beach “Cargo Handling Equipment”
The Port of Long Beach Diesel Emissions Reduction Project was selected for $4,008,250 in funding to implement a large-scale diesel emission reduction project involving equipment replacements, engine repowers, and/or engine retrofits for 112 pieces of cargo handling equipment including rubber-tired gantry cranes, and two harbor craft currently in operation at the port.
San Diego APCD “Lower-Emission School Buses”
The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) was selected for $1,563,652 in funding to retrofit, replace, and repower 125 high-polluting school buses with newer, cleaner engines and filters. This project will reduce major diesel emissions from school buses in San Diego County, in turn improving the health of children who ride these buses.
San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD “School Bus Engine Retrofits”
The San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD was selected for $4 million in funding to install 190 diesel particulate filters on 2001 model year and newer diesel school buses. Through diesel emission reductions, the project is expected to protect the health of children who ride these buses daily. The SJVUAPCD plans to leverage funds with Proposition 1B Lower Emission School Bus Program funds.
San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD “Agricultural Equipment Engines”
The San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD was selected for $2 million in funding to repower 30 agricultural off-road equipment vehicles with new engines that meet or exceed EPA’s tier 3 emission standards for non-road diesel engines.
Bay Area AQMD “Trucks at Port of Oakland”
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (AQMD) was selected for $2 million in funding to retrofit 81 trucks with Diesel Particulate Filters and replace 22 dirty, old trucks with cleaner, newer ones that operate at and around the Port of Oakland.
ARRA Funds for Diesel Emission Reduction Project in Arizona
City of Phoenix "City-Owned Equipment Retrofits and Replacement"
The City of Phoenix will retrofit 45 pieces of city-owned diesel equipment with diesel particulate filters or diesel oxidation catalysts, and replace an aging garbage hauler. The retrofitted vehicles will run on ultra-low sulfur diesel with 20 percent biodiesel. The vehicles provide a variety of services, including emergency, park maintenance, street repair, and refuse collection for various Phoenix metropolitan areas.