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.