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.