The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to award $26 million in grants to fund projects that will reduce diesel emissions from truck and transport fleets.
Heavy-duty diesel trucks, locomotives and commercial ships move about 90 percent of U.S. cargo, the agency said. The Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program seeks to replace diesel vehicles with those that run on compressed gas, liquefied natural gas or another alternative fuel.
The funding will cover between 25 percent and 50 percent of the cost of a clean-fuel vehicle or the replacement of other diesel-powered–equipment.
The grants will range from $100,000 to $4.4 million and will be distributed across 10 geographic regions in the U.S. The agency said it will pay particular attention to fleets operating in poor air quality regions.
Exposure to diesel exhaust can lead to serious health conditions such as asthma and can worsen existing heart and lung disease, the agency said.