EPA to fund idling reduction program

| Monday, July 29, 2002

The Environmental Protection Agency announced a grant program July 25 to fund demonstration projects that reduce air emissions and fuel consumption from trucks and locomotives.

Each recipient can receive up to $200,000. The deadline for submitting an application is Sept. 23, 2002. The proposals would be from national, non-profit organizations involved in transportation and air quality issues.

"EPA seeks proposals that advance the use of idle reduction technologies, such as mobile technologies that provide, or allow for, air conditioning, heating, and/or electrical power, which will reduce or eliminate the need to use the main propulsion engine during long-duration rest periods," the agency said.

Eligible organizations must already be engaged in some form of partnership with truck and/or locomotive private companies related to transportation and/or air quality issues. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/otaq/rfp.htm.

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