JUNE 2008

Pittsburgh trash trucks soon to be cleaner with EPA funding

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $127,000 grant to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association who will, in turn, issue a grant to the City of Pittsburgh and two partners for a pilot project to cut emissions from the city’s heavy-duty diesel trucks used for hauling waste. Clean Water Action and the Group Against Smog and Pollution are implementing the project with the city.

EPA said the grant will provide staff resources and expertise to retrofit eight to 12 diesel trash trucks in Pittsburgh with filters that will reduce air emissions of diesel particles. The grant may also be used to purchase equipment to clean and maintain the filters.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association coordinates the Mid-Atlantic Diesel Collaborative, a partnership of public and private entities in the five Mid-Atlantic States and the District of Columbia who are working together to reduce emissions from diesel engines.