South Carolina ports to fund $290,000 for diesel replacement

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 2/26/2013

Owners of trucks that frequently visit the Port of Charleston have an opportunity to upgrade their trucks and limit emissions with a $10,000 grant.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has awarded the South Carolina Ports Authority $145,000. The money comes via a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s diesel emissions reduction program.
Eligible truck owners may apply to replace trucks with pre-2004 model year diesel engines with 2004 or newer models. Successful applicants will get $10,000 toward the new truck purchase, in addition to the scrap value of their pre-1994 truck, according to a news release.
The $145,000 will be matched by the South Carolina Ports Authority.
In place since 2011, the emissions program has helped truck owners replace 57 older trucks.
“It is important that we have both a vibrant port contributing jobs and economic opportunity as well as a healthy environment,” said Jim Newsome, South Carolina Ports Authority president and CEO, according to a news release. “For this reason we partnered with DHEC six years ago to reduce air emissions by trucks and equipment here at our facilities, while we also supported international efforts toward cleaner fuel for ships that call our port.”
To apply, visit the South Carolina Ports Authority office at the Columbus Street Terminal in downtown Charleston or call 843-724-4048.

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