The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $750,000 to Utah's department of environmental quality to help Utah farmers install clean diesel technologies on farm equipment.
Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the funds are part of a larger program to retrofit or replace diesel vehicles, including construction equipment, garbage trucks and buses.
"This Recovery Act project offers clear economic and environmental benefits for the people of Utah," said EPA acting regional administrator Carol Rushin. "This effort will help Utah farmers install clean diesel technologies on farm equipment that will reduce pollution, conserve fuel and help create and maintain jobs."
The funds are provided under the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. Under this funding competition, EPA's Region 8, which includes the Denver region, received 37 grant applications requesting more than $56 million to help fund clean diesel emissions projects.
Grants in this round of funding will go to replace 12 agricultural vehicles, repower 26 engines in agricultural vehicles and farm equipment and install 25 auxiliary power units on agricultural vehicles in the state of Utah.
The funding will pay for the full cost of the auxiliary power units, 75 percent of the cost of an engine repower and 25 percent of the cost of a vehicle/equipment replacement, EPA said.