California sweetens diesel engine replacement pot with $48 million more

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 5/21/2008

The California Air Resources Board will dole out an additional $48 million for diesel truck engine retrofit and replacements, the agency announced on Monday, May 19.

The change came after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger resubmitted his May budget to add the new money to a previously allocated $1 billion for emission reduction.

“This money will help truckers in the state, many of whom are struggling financially, to retrofit and replace engines to help all of us breathe easier,” CARB Chairman Mary Nichols stated in a press release. “We appreciate the governor’s and Legislature’s support on this crucial public health issue.”

CARB is working on a regulation that would begin phasing in requirements that trucks meet 2007 emission standards after the year 2010.

CARB Spokesman Leo Kay told Land Line the agency hasn’t yet set up a way for truckers to apply for the funds.

A CARB press release stated that California officials plan to set up low-interest loans so truckers can install soot filtration devices or replace older, dirtier engines.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer

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