For Immediate Release
March 9, 2011

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

Kansas Clean Diesel Program grant winners selected

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded funds to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to support voluntary clean diesel projects across the state. KDHE issued a request for proposals in 2010 for schools, businesses and municipalities to apply for funds through the Kansas Clean Diesel Program. KDHE reviewed all applications and calculated potential emission reductions using EPA’s Diesel Emission Quantifier. Five proposals were selected to receive awards totaling $269,322. The companies are providing a combined match to the funds of $237,605.

Company

County

Project

Fleet Type

APAC-Kansas

JO

Engine repower

Construction

Assoc Wholesale Grocers

WY

Fuel operated heaters

Highway trucks

Butler Transport, Inc

WY

Auxiliary power units

Highway trucks

National Carriers Inc

SW

Auxiliary power units

Highway trucks

Run-R-Way Express

SM

Auxiliary power units

Highway trucks

“The projects will be cost-effective actions to improve pollution control equipment that will decrease production of harmful emissions, “said Rick Brunetti, Director of the Bureau of Air at KDHE.

The Kansas Clean Diesel Program offers grant opportunities on a yearly basis.

“The best way to find out about when the grants are open is to get on our notification list,” said Joyce Barrett, Environmental Scientist at KDHE.

For more information about the notification list and future grant opportunities for diesel fleets visit the program webpage at www.kdheks.gov/bar/air-monitor/dieselgrant.html or contact Joyce Barrett at jbarrett@kdheks.gov.

The goal of the KDHE Clean Diesel program is to provide cleaner air and a healthier environment for Kansans by decreasing diesel emissions.