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EPA Seeks Applicants for Clean Air Excellence Awards (June 18, 2014)

EPA announced it is accepting applications for the 2015 Clean Air Excellence Awards.  This awards program recognizes and honors outstanding and innovative initiatives to achieve cleaner air.  Award-winning entries must reduce emissions, directly or indirectly, result in sustainable outcomes, demonstrate innovation and provide a model that others can replicate.  Award categories include clean air technology, community action, education/outreach, regulatory/policy innovations and transportation efficiency innovations.  In addition, nominees are solicited for the Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award and the Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award.  EPA must receive applications and nominations by September 12. 2014.

EPA Announces Funding for Tribes to Clean Up Diesel Engines (June 6, 2014)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that grant funding is available for tribal applicants to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from older diesel engines. Diesel engines are extremely efficient, but emit air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOX) and particulate matter (PM).  These pollutants are linked to serious health problems including asthma, lung and heart disease, other respiratory ailments, and premature death. This is the first time EPA is offering a separate tribal request for proposals for diesel emission reduction program (DERA) funds, and is in response to feedback from tribal communities.

EPA is making $1 million available and anticipates awarding three to five tribal assistance agreements. Projects may include school buses, transit buses, heavy-duty diesel trucks, marine engines, locomotives, energy production generators, and other diesel engines. Proposals from tribal applicants must be received by August 12, 2014.

This competition is part of the DERA program which funds projects to clean up the legacy fleet of diesel engines. The DERA program aims to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution reduced and to reduce diesel emissions exposure, particularly for those living and working in areas disproportionately affected by poor air quality.

Since the beginning of the DERA program in 2008, EPA has awarded over 600 grants across the US and reduced more than 250,000 tons of NOx and more than 14,000 tons of PM. EPA has awarded 11 Tribal grants for approximately $3 million.  DERA grants have significantly improved air quality and provided critical health benefits by reducing hundreds of thousands of tons of air pollution and saving millions of gallons of fuel.  Many of these grants fund clean diesel projects that operate in economically disadvantaged communities where residents suffer from higher-than-average instances of asthma, heart, and lung disease.

More information on the Tribal Request for Proposals and related documents: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgtribal.htm
More information on the National Clean Diesel campaign: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel

EPA Proposes First Guidelines to Cut Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants (June 2, 2014)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is today releasing the Clean Power Plan proposal, which for the first time cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. Today's proposal will protect public health, move the United States toward a cleaner environment and fight climate change while supplying Americans with reliable and affordable power.
 
Power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. While there are limits in place for the level of arsenic, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particle pollution that power plants can emit, there are currently no national limits on carbon pollution levels.
 
With the Clean Power Plan, EPA is proposing guidelines that build on trends already underway in states and the power sector to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, making them more efficient and less polluting. 
 
Fact sheets and details about the proposed rule available at: 
http://www.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan; more information on President Obama's Climate Action Plan: http://www.whitehouse.gov/climate-change; video on today's announcement from Administrator Gina McCarthy: http://www.epa.gov/.


 

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