California EPA grant to fund anti-idling, cleaner Mexican trucks

| 9/30/2004

California plans to spend $200,000 in EPA grant money to install 20 electrical sockets at Castaic and Interstate 5 truck stops so truckers won't have to idle their diesel engines, according to news reports.

The EPA’s grant program is designed to get West Coast industries to cut diesel emissions from ships, railroads and trucks.

In all, the EPA is spending $6 million in diesel control programs, including $150,000 to study ways to cut diesel exhaust from Mexican trucks that operate at the border near San Diego. The agency eventually wants to award $100 million a year in grants to address diesel emissions, but must first secure funding from other federal agencies, such as the departments of Energy and Agriculture.