EPA Incentivizes Retrofitting and Replacing Diesel Construction Engines
Construction vehicles and equipment are major sources of diesel pollution and unfortunately can pose as a serious public health threat as diesel exhaust contains more than 40 toxic air contaminants, carcinogens, and fine particular matter.
In an effort to reduce this harmful air pollution and improve air quality in local areas, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a program which incentivizes replacing or retrofitting older diesel construction engines.
The EPA has set aside $2 million in funding for rebates to help public and private construction owners make this switch.
“Exhaust from diesel construction equipment affects children, senior citizens and others in neighborhoods across the country”, said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “These rebates will help equipment owners protect public health and improve air quality near construction sites while updating their fleets.”
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