For Immediate Release
Maggie Thompson, KDHE, 785-296-5795
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has been awarded $4 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support the reduction of diesel emissions in Kansas communities. These clean diesel projects will create jobs while protecting air quality across the state.
“In addition to the creation of much-needed jobs and the improvement in air quality, these clean diesel projects will have a positive impact on the health of Kansans,” said Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE. “Reducing diesel emissions will mean fewer premature deaths, asthma attacks and other respiratory ailments.”
The funds are provided under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. Awards were selected through a competitive application process that looked to maximize economic impact and emissions reductions.
KDHE will use the funds for the following projects that will reduce diesel emissions:
In April 2009 the state received $1.73 million from the EPA with funds provided by the Recovery Act. Those funds went to the KDHE Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) State Grant Program which will support projects that include engine idling reduction and retrofit technologies, engine replacement and vehicle replacement. The state also received approximately $1.8 million in 2008 through EPA’s Blue Skyways initiative to establish its state DERA program and also to fund projects to reduce diesel emissions in the Kansas City and Wichita metropolitan areas. At present, KDHE is administering 4 diesel grant programs in the amount of nearly $8 million dollars.
In addition to the funding awarded to KDHE, Johnson County was awarded $1 million in Recovery Act funding to conduct a county-wide project to replace or repower more than 500 public and private vehicles in efforts to gain county-wide reductions of diesel emissions.