Currituck business among recipients of grants to reduce air pollution

Published 10:22 am Saturday, May 14, 2022

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The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality has awarded $937,854 in grants for projects to reduce air pollution from diesel-powered mobile sources. These projects will replace 11 vehicles with cleaner alternatives, reducing estimated emissions of nitrogen oxides by 23.5 tons over their lifetimes.

Mobile sources are any type of vehicle that can pollute the air, including automobiles, trucks, buses, locomotives, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, construction equipment and lawnmowers. After reviewing the proposals, the division awarded 2021 Mobile Source Emissions Reduction grants to 10 projects, including a grant to Caps Marine in Currituck County. The $18,250 grant will replace a Tier 1 skid loader with a Tier 4 track loader with new, cleaner technology. This project reduces nitrogen oxides emissions by 0.15 tons.

The department is awarding the grants through the Mobile Source Emissions Reduction program, which is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program. The purpose of the program is to support projects designed to achieve significant diesel emissions reductions. The EPA’s program funds are supplemented with North Carolina Volkswagen Mitigation Trust funds.

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