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ARB announces $2 million for clean engine projects
Money will drive advanced technology, cleaner air for port and rail communities
SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board recently announced the selection of four projects to demonstrate advanced clean engine technologies that reduce smog-forming and diesel soot emissions.
ARB selected the Port of Long Beach, the Port of Los Angeles, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District and the South Coast Air Quality Management District as agency partners for the awards.
“California prides itself on being one of the trailblazers in the field of high tech and these projects are no exception,” said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “Testing the latest technologies will mean residents living near railyards and ports can reap the benefits of cleaner air and a better quality of life.”
The goal of ARB’s demonstration projects is to accelerate the next generation of advanced technology vehicles, equipment, or emission control devices to the open market. Governor Schwarzenegger provided funding for clean vehicle technologies by signing AB 118 into law in October 2007. Smog abatement, vehicle and vessel registration fees pay for these programs.
The selected demonstration projects are:
• $1 million to retrofit a tugboat with hybrid engine technology at the Port of Long Beach;
• $346,178 for advanced technology locomotive engine upgrades with soot traps at the Port of Los Angeles;
• $502,865 for advanced technology locomotive engine upgrades with soot traps within the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District; and,
• $150,957 for advanced technology locomotive engine upgrades with soot traps within the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
The awardees will work in partnership with ARB to find new solutions that improve air quality for the communities they serve as well as providing matching funds for the projects. Work on the demonstration projects will be completed by June 30, 2012.
More details on the funding plan are available at http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aqip/fundplan/fundplan.htm
Emissions from diesel particulate matter are associated with causing a variety of health effects including premature death and a number of heart and lung diseases.
For more information on the advanced technology demonstration projects, go to ARB’s demonstration project website.
ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.