Posted By Josh Mabry, Continuous News Manager - email
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded a $126,421 grant to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) for a clean diesel project in Clark County.
The grant is part of the agency's ongoing national campaign with $30 million being awarded to reduce harmful diesel exhaust that can lead to asthma attacks and premature deaths, the EPA said.
"Awarding these important diesel emission reduction projects is another example of how collaboration amongst public and private partners can benefit everyone - most importantly the communities in which these projects are located" said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA's Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest Region. "Residents, employees and visitors in Clark County will be able to breathe cleaner, healthier air."
NDEP received the grant to replace a Clark County public works street sweeper with a 2010 or newer vehicle. This project is expected to reduce 0.6 tons of particulate matter, 11.5 tons of nitrogen oxides, 1.3 tons of hydrocarbons, 5.6 tons of carbon monoxide, and 1,165 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over its operational life, according to the EPA.
Grant winners were selected based on a proposal's potential for maximizing health and environmental benefits by targeting areas that have significant air quality issues. Reduced air pollution from diesel engines in these areas can have a direct and significant impact on community health, according to the EPA.
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