For Immediate Release
October 27, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Announces Clean Diesel Awards

More than $1 million in grants awarded to Kansas companies to support clean diesel projects

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is pleased to announce the recipients of a grant competition to support voluntary clean diesel projects across the state. In April, KDHE was awarded $1.73 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and held the grant competition to disperse the funds. The funds were provided to EPA by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009.

“These grant awards will not only benefit the award recipients, but also the citizens of the state,” Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE said.  “Diesel emission reductions mean cleaner air and a healthier environment for Kansans.”

KDHE accepted grant applications from Kansas-owned diesel fleets.  Eligible projects included: idling reduction, retrofit technologies, engine upgrades, cleaner fuels and replacement of vehicles.  The application process yielded 47 applications from across the state.  The applications were assessed on potential emission reductions that were calculated using EPA’s Diesel Emission Quantifier.  The grant recipients are:

Small Fleets (Fewer than five vehicles/pieces of equipment)

Company

County

Project Awarded

Pemco, Inc.

Miami

Engine repower

Olivier Ranch

Harper

Engine repower

Simon Backhoe Services

Douglas

Engine upgrade kits

Dwight Johnson

Riley

Engine repower

Circle L Trucking

Cowley

Idle reduction

Large Fleets (5 vehicles/pieces of equipment or greater)

Company

County

Project Awarded

Bestmark Express, Inc.

Chase

Idle reduction, engine repowers, tire & aerodynamic technologies

APAC - Kansas, Inc.

Johnson

Retrofits

City of Lawrence, KS

Douglas

Retrofits

Heckert Construction

Crawford

Cleaner fuels

Associated Wholesale Grocers

Wyandotte

Aerodynamic technology

Unified Government of WY - Kansas City

Wyandotte

Retrofits

Thomas & Sons Trucking

Osborne

Idle reduction

Reece Construction Co., Inc.

Jewell

Retrofits

For more information about future grant opportunities for diesel fleets contact Kathleen Waters at kwaters@kdheks.gov.