Division for Air Quality
EEC Awarded Diesel Emission Reduction Funding

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, December 10, 2008  
Contact Information:  Elizabeth Robb Schmitz
502-564-3999 Ext. 4404
502-330-3849 (cell)
elizabeth.robb@ky.gov
 


      EEC Awarded Diesel Emission Reduction Funding

EPA Region 4 Administrator Jimmy Palmer Presented EEC with $196,000

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Dec. 9, 2008 – EPA Region 4 Administrator Jimmy Palmer met today with Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Leonard Peters to present $196,000 in federal funds that will be used for diesel emission reductions in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality previously announced that the funding will be used to retrofit school buses with pollution reduction devices and to implement idle reduction policies.  Idle reduction ties in with the state’s newly released comprehensive energy plan’s focus on improving energy efficiency in all sectors.

  “Reducing the amount of time that diesel engines idle saves school districts fuel and money, while also lessening student exposure to pollution from these engines. It is a win-win solution,” said Secretary Peters. “I encourage all school districts to adopt idle reduction policies and apply for funds to retrofit their school buses.”

Kentucky is an active participant along with other Southern states in a Southeast Diesel Collaborative. The program seeks to reduce diesel emissions throughout the region.

Applications for Kentucky’s Clean School Bus funding are due Dec. 19. The grant application is available at www.air.ky.gov.

 

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EPA Region 4 Administrator Jimmy Palmer, at right, presents Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Leonard Peters and Air Quality Director John Lyons with a check for $196,880. Pictured, left to right, are John Lyons, Secretary Peters, and Jimmy Palmer.