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Local businesses urged to apply for grant to reduce diesel fuel admissions

June 19, 2009

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Poor air quality — one of Douglas County’s top health challenges — can be addressed with grant funding available to reduce diesel emissions.

However, businesses need to act quickly to be eligible.

The deadline to apply for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act- Kansas Diesel Grant Program is June 30. Organizations that operate public and private diesel fleets based in Kansas are eligible for the $1.73 million program. Funding can assist with clean diesel projects such as engine idling and retrofit technologies, engine and vehicle replacement.

Air quality was one of Douglas County’s top health challenges mentioned in a recently released report by the Kansas Health Institute.

The funding also comes at a time when Douglas County risks being named an area of non-attainment by the EPA. Non-attainment means that an area does not meet minimum air-quality standards regarding its ozone levels. As a result, gas stations in a non-attainment area potentially can be forced to sell higher grade and more expensive fuel and restrictions can also be placed on industry.

For more information on the grant and how to apply, go to the health department Web site or call the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s Environmental Health program at 843-3060.

Comments

Alia Ahmed 7 years ago

Shouldn't it be emissions instead admissions in the headline? Though admitting they have a problem is the first step.

RoeDapple 7 years ago

Alia, Diesel emissions have been drastically reduced in the last 30 years, but I can tell you from experience, try sleeping in a 'big rig' in a truck stop with dozens of trucks idling around yours. Still plenty of room for improvement.............

Alia Ahmed 7 years ago

Roe,

Aw.... the smell of diesel fuel emissions in the morning.

RoeDapple 7 years ago

only one thing smells better, cordite!

Nikki May 7 years ago

The title makes no sense. Diesel fuel "Admissions"? Admitted to what?

gccs14r 7 years ago

I'd like to see wider use of vapor recovery systems at fuel stations.

Alia Ahmed 7 years ago

Karrey may or may not have written the headline. I don't believe reporters typically write their own headlines.

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