For Immediate Release
Mike Heideman, 785-296-4363
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has been awarded $1,525,524 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce diesel fleet emissions in the Kansas City Metro area and Wichita under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The department will also receive an additional $295,320 to establish the Kansas Clean Diesel Program grant competition for public and private fleet owners and operators across the state.
“The ultimate goal of this dual approach will be to reduce emissions that contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, as well as emissions of particulate matter and air toxics,” stated Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE. “These voluntary efforts will help build the partnerships needed to protect the environment and keep Kansans healthy.”
KDHE and Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) will work with the Board of Public Utilities in the Kansas City Ozone Maintenance Area to retrofit utility trucks with diesel oxidation catalysts, and with Johnson County to retrofit county vehicles with similar devices. The department and the Kansas State Pollution Prevention Institute will work with two of Wichita’s largest refuse haulers, Waste Management and Waste Connections, to retrofit some of their trucks with catalysts and crankcase filters, or to replace old trucks.
Projects eligible for the state grant competition will include EPA- or California Air Resources Board (CARB)-verified retrofits, certified engine replacements or re-powers, and verified idle reduction technology.
The EPA funding is part of the Blue Skyways Collaborative competitive process for the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. Six grants totaling more than $4.7 million were awarded as part of the competitive process in the 10-state Blue Skyways region.
For more information, go to www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/ or www.blueskyways.org/index.html.