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Construction equipment in Connecticut to get green upgrade

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Funds for improving the environment are being used on construction equipment in Connecticut.
Funds for improving the environment are being used on construction equipment in Connecticut.

Some of the construction equipment owned by the state of Connecticut will be retrofitted in an effort to preserve the environment.

According to the Governor M. Jodi Rell's office, $450,000 in funds made available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be used to change the equipment, which should lead to greener emissions. The funds from the EPA were part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In all, the state has received $1.73 million from the EPA for such projects.

Thus far, another $150,000 in federal funds has already been used to retrofit 146 state highway plow trucks with systems that control their emissions, which will reduce diesel pollution.

"These funds have allowed us to promote and use cleaner technology and keep Connecticut on the forefront of improving air quality," Rell said.

The EPA has taken its own steps in order to promote clean diesel technology through the National Clean Diesel Campaign. According to the initiative's website, more than 20 million diesel engines in the country to not meet the requirements of new clean diesel standards.
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