The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $339,263 to Hawaii to curb pollution from large diesel sources, such as trucks, buses, and agriculture equipment as part of a Diesel Emission Reduction Act grant.
The award will go to the state Department of Health to replace diesel vehicles operating on Oahu.
“Clean diesel technologies not only improve air quality, but advance innovation and support jobs,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said today in a news release. “These projects will significantly reduce harmful emissions and directly benefit the health of residents.”
The project will also use an additional $1.3 million from state funds to replace a diesel transit bus with an all-electric, zero-emission vehicle plus provide new engines for four old public works trucks at the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, according to the EPA.
Hawaii is part of the EPA’s West Coast Collaborative, a public-private partnership that aims to reduce diesel emissions and advance clean technologies in the western United States. The partnership administers the DERA grant program.
For more information: westcoastcollaborative.org.