Release 01-03
February 2, 2001 
CONTACT: Jerry Martin
Gennet Osborn
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ARB Approves $600,000 for Innovative Clean Air Technology Projects

    SACRAMENTO --  In a move to help entrepreneurs bring clean air technologies to market, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) approved over $600,000 in grants at its hearing last week.  The ARB is part of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

    Administered through the ARB’s Innovative Clean Air Technologies (ICAT) program, the grants go to businesses that have proven technologies but need financial assistance to get their pollution-control equipment into the marketplace.

    “Grants awarded to ICAT applicants will further air pollution control programs in California, protecting the health of our residents and providing jobs for our workforce,” said Dr. Alan Lloyd, ARB Chairman.  “Promising new technologies, like those funded by ICAT, are necessary to improve air quality in our state.”

    Five projects were chosen for 2000 fiscal year funding.  Two of the five companies were previous ICAT grant recipients who were awarded additional funding.  The most recent projects to be funded include:

    Since the ICAT program began in 1994, $5.2 million dollars have been approved to help fund 22 projects.  Approximately three-fourths of all ICAT project funding comes from applicants, bringing total program cost to $18.4 million.   Any type of clean air pollution control technology is eligible for ICAT funding.  Specifically, the ARB looks for new technologies that reduce emissions or offer increased efficiency or cost-effectiveness.

    Past ICAT funded projects include a high-efficiency catalytic converter, an ultra- low-NOx (nitrogen oxide) gas fired burner, zero-VOC metal coatings, a hybrid-electric heavy-duty truck, and a cleaner-running two-stroke utility engine.

    More information about the ICAT program can be viewed on the ARB Web site at:

    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.

    The energy challenge facing California is real.  Every Californian needs to take immediate action to reduce energy consumption.  For a list of simple ways you can reduce demand and cut your energy costs, see our Web-site.

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