Associated General Contractors win EPA diesel funds

AGC America chapters receive EPA funding.
AGC America chapters receive EPA funding.
The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Kentucky and Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania have received awards of $2 million and $925,000 respectively in federal grants under EPA's National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program.

Both chapters will use the funds to cut diesel emissions from construction equipment. AGC of America assisted both chapters, as well as 13 others, in preparing grant applications, the industry group said.

EPA awarded a total of $156 million in clean diesel grants in an extremely competitive program.

Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania will use retrofit technologies - engine repowers, upgrades and diesel particulate filters - to upgrade 23 diesel-powered, heavy non-road construction equipment operating in Western Pennsylvania.

EPA estimated that the various upgrades will reduce particulate matter pollution by 1.8 tons per year, carbon monoxide by 14.6 tons per year, hydrocarbons by 2.09 tons per year and nitrogen oxides by 9.73 tons per year.

Most diesel equipment used in transit buses, trucks, locomotives and heavy-duty construction equipment operates for 20 to 30 years. By using the newest, clean-diesel technology built to meet higher air-quality standards, diesel emissions are cut by up to 90 percent.