For Immediate Release
Mike Heideman, KDHE, 785-296-4363
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will receive $1.73 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support voluntary clean diesel projects across the state.
“Diesel emissions contribute greatly to the formation of ground-level ozone, which can trigger asthma and other serious respiratory conditions,” stated Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE. “Reducing diesel emissions means fewer lost work days and premature deaths.”
The funds provided by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009 will go to the KDHE Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant Program. Eligible projects include engine idling reduction and retrofit technologies, engine replacement and vehicle replacement.
Municipalities, companies and other groups who wish to participate will be required to submit an application and project proposal to Douglas Watson of the KDHE Bureau of Air and Radiation, 1000 S.W. Jackson, Ste. 310, Topeka KS 66612-1366. The application package will be posted on the Web at www.kdheks.gov/bar/ sometime in late April or early May. The department will evaluate each proposal based upon potential costs and benefits, and announce funding awards in late June or July.
The state received $1.8 million in September 2008 through EPA’s Blue Skyways initiative to establish its program and fund projects to reduce diesel emissions in the Kansas City and Wichita metro areas. Under ARRA’s State clean diesel funding program, $88.2 million was divided equally through a noncompetitive allocation process, meaning that all 50 states and the District of Columbia will each receive $1.73 million.
For information on EPA’s implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, go to www.epa.gov/recovery. For information about EPA’s clean diesel initiatives, please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel.