EPA awards national grant to Hawaii for project to reduce diesel emissions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded more than $ 14 million in grants, including $ 508,000 to the Hawaii Department of Health, for projects to reduce diesel emissions from its existing fleet of older, dirtier engines and vehicles.
The Hawaii Project is being implemented through a partnership between the Department of Health and the Hawaii State Energy Office. The funds will be combined with $ 339,213 in Volkswagen mitigation matching funds and $ 912,107 in leveraged funds from participating fleets.
“The DERA [Diesel Emissions Reduction Act] The grant program helps states like Hawaii direct funds to projects that align with local priorities, ”said Martha Guzman, EPA’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “We are delighted that the Hawaii Department of Health will use these funds to replace three old, high-pollution diesel buses with fully electric vehicles. This project will reduce diesel pollution and benefit communities across the state. Reducing diesel consumption is a central strategy for environmental justice. “
When selecting the projects to be awarded, preference was given to projects that:
- are in areas with poor air quality
- Reduce emissions from ports and other freight transport facilities
- benefit local communities
- involve local communities in project planning
- demonstrate the ability to continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project is completed
After the historic bipartisan infrastructure bill is passed, the EPA will also make significant investments in the health, justice, and resilience of American communities.
The EPA will allocate $ 5 billion between fiscal years 2022 and 2026 to fund the replacement of dirty school buses with low-carbon or zero-carbon school buses. Each year, $ 500 million will be allocated exclusively to electric school buses and $ 500 million to electric buses and various types of cleaner school buses using alternative fuels.
In line with the President’s commitment to justice, 40 the EPA is actively working to ensure that DERA funding, including funding through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, maximizes benefits for underserved communities.
The DERA program funds grants and discounts that protect human health and improve air quality by reducing harmful emissions from diesel engines. Since the DERA program launched in 2008, the EPA has provided more than $ 1 billion in grants and rebates to modernize the country’s diesel fleet and accelerate sales to cleaner on- and off-road heavy trucks and equipment.
Details on other nationwide recipients, funding amounts and projects: https://www.epa.gov/dera.
More information on DERA government grants: https://www.epa.gov/dera/state-allocations.
For more information on the EPA West Coast Collaborative and DERA grant projects: https://westcoastcollaborative.org.