EcoRI.com: Two Massachusetts projects have been awarded more than half a million dollars under a competitive national grant competition to reduce diesel emissions. The grants, totaling $556,650, were made under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. The funding will assist CLF Ventures Inc., which is receiving $300,000 to repower the Spirit of Boston, and the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, which has been awarded $256,650 to repower 8 commercial lobster boats.
Diesel engines contribute significantly to air pollution, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The fine particles in diesel exhaust pose serious health risks, including aggravated asthma and other respiratory symptoms. The Northeast has some of the highest asthma rates in the nation, including a childhood asthma rate above 10% in all 6 New England states.
The 2 projects awarded fall within areas of Suffolk and Bristol counties, both identified by the EPA as having high levels of emissions from diesel engines.