September 22, 2014 10:10 AM, EDT

EPA to Award $5 Million for Port Diesel Emission-Reduction Projects

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting proposals for about $5 million in funding for diesel emission-reduction projects at ports.

Eligible projects include engine upgrades, exhaust controls, idle reduction technology and vehicle replacement, according to EPA.

Diesel vehicles eligible for funding include drayage trucks, marine engines and locomotives, as well as nonroad engines and vehicles.

The agency said it expects to award two to five projects with a cap of $2 million in federal funding.

“The goal of this request for proposals is to fund projects that will result in significant reductions of diesel emissions at marine and inland water ports located in areas of poor air quality, promote partnerships among stakeholders to work together to create long-term sustainable plans for further reducing emissions and benefit the health of communities near ports,” EPA said.

EPA has funded more than 500 projects to reduce diesel emission nationwide since 2008, according to the agency.