Monday August 31, 2009
Louisville Metro Government has been awarded a $2 million grant to help companies convert their old diesel vehicles into clean-running diesel engines, helping reduce pollution.
The money, drawn from funds allocated to the Environmental Protection Agency by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be used to create a revolving fund that will award low-interest loans to Louisville companies.
“This is good news for Louisville businesses and another example of the investments from the Recovery Act paying off for our community,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “By helping local companies reduce their emissions, they will have a cleaner and more cost-effective way of doing business.”
Three SmartWay Clean Diesel grants were handed out nationwide. Louisville’s $2 million loan fund will be overseen by city’s Economic Development Department and the Air Pollution Control District.
“These dollars will not only improve a businesses’ bottom line, they’ll also help clean the city’s air,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said.
The other grant winners were the city of Houston ($9 million) and the non-profit Cascade Sierra Solution ($9 million), which works to reduce pollution along the I-5 corridor in Washington, Oregon and California.
The clean diesel program works to reduce premature deaths, asthma attacks and other respiratory ailments, lost work days, and many other health impacts every year. These special financing programs help promote the purchase of new cleaner or retrofitted vehicles and equipment.
“An investment in clean diesel is an investment in healthier communities. This Recovery funding will help jumpstart clean diesel innovation to significantly reduce the enormous health burdens of asthma, birth defects, and other issues linked to dirty-burning fossil fuels - all while creating good jobs for American workers,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “This is part of the nationwide clean energy transition that is cleaning up the air we breathe and creating jobs all across America”
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allotted $300 million for the National Clean Diesel Campaign.
For information about EPA's clean diesel initiatives, visit:
http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel or to apply for the Louisville program call 502-574-4140