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newsrel -- $8.2 million for cleaner diesel engines

Posted: 30 Jun 2008 12:38:35
Carl Moyer Program provides over $8,200,000 for cleaner diesel
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Release 08-58
June 30, 2008
Karen Caesar

Air Resources Board's Carl Moyer Program provides $8.2 million
for cleaner diesel engines

SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board this month awarded $8.2
million to expedite cleanup of dirty diesel engines via projects
that improve air quality in more than one of California's 35 air

Winning projects funded under the state's Carl Moyer Program are
based up and down the state, and include companies based in
Northern and Southern California, Sacramento, Las Vegas and the
San Joaquin Valley.

"The Carl Moyer program has a long history of innovation and
success," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "The funding helps air
districts improve air quality and meet federal deadlines, while
also providing businesses with incentives to invest in and
demonstrate advanced emission control technologies. And of
course, the public benefits by having cleaner air to breathe."

To qualify for Carl Moyer monies, projects must provide early or
extra emission reductions. Each project grant is administered
through the local air district where the project is based.

Over its first seven years (1998-2005), the Carl Moyer Program
provided $170 million to clean up approximately 7,500 engines
throughout California, reducing about 24 tons per day of
smog-forming oxides of nitrogen and one ton per day of toxic
diesel particulate matter.

Smog can exacerbate a variety of cardiovascular and respiratory
conditions such as heart disease and asthma, while diesel
particulate matter was recognized as a cancer-causing health
risk in 1998.

This year, the ARB received over $39 million in requests for
$8.2 million in available multi-district project funding.
Projects were scored based on factors including
cost-effectiveness, regulatory jurisdiction, environmental
justice considerations and project schedule.

The 2007-08 multi-district projects are expected over their
lifetime to reduce smog-forming and diesel particulate emissions
by 2,184 tons.

Eligible projects fall into categories including on-road,
off-road, marine and locomotive. This year, on-road projects
accounted for $1,889,933 of the available funding. Off-road
projects totaled $792,916, marine $844,179, and locomotive
efforts utilized the lion's share at $4,749,161.

The projects selected for FY 2007-08 Carl Moyer Program
Multi-District Funding are shown in a table online here:

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. 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.


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