Clean diesel grants available

City, county or other local government agencies can apply for state clean diesel grants.

The North Dakota Health Department will award about $314,554 in grants funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the purchase of new diesel-powered vehicles and equipment, according to a news release.

The purpose is to reduce diesel emissions in accordance with the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

The grants will reimburse about 25 percent of the cost to replace older, less efficient, medium- and heavy-duty, diesel-powered, on- and non-road vehicles and equipment. The goal is to award funds to agencies that maximize efforts to preserve and enhance air quality across the state through the reduction of diesel emissions and to reduce diesel fuel use.

The grant guidelines and application are at www.ndhealth.gov/AQ/Notices.htm. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. CDT Aug. 13.

For more information, contact Keith Hinnenkamp with the North Dakota Department of Health at (701) 328-5188.

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