By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Thursday, July 10, 2014
Truck owners who visit the Port of Seattle have an opportunity to obtain thousands of dollars in government grants to replace older diesel trucks.
The Seaport Truck Scrappage and Replacements for Air in Puget Sound, or SCRAPS 2, program is the second time Seattle drayage trucks have had a grant funding opportunity to replace higher polluting trucks. SCRAPS 2 is designed to help truck owners replace trucks with pre-2007 model year engines. The program is funded by federal and state grants, and is planned to provide up to $20,000 per truck for truck owners who replace the older trucks with 2007 model year or newer diesel trucks.
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The Port of Seattle expects the project to fund truck replacements through mid-2015, or whenever funding runs out. The port also expects the program to help replace 180 drayage trucks, and said it has reserved funds for 60 truck replacements for low-income or small-business trucking firms.
Environmental Leader reported that last year the ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Metro Vancouver agreed to reduce 2005 levels of diesel particulate matter by 75 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent per cargo ton by 2015.
The Port of Seattle does not allow trucks calling at its container terminals unless they meet at least 1994 model year engine emission standards. By January 2018, all trucks entering the port will be required to meet 2007 federal emissions standards.
By late May, the Port of Seattle announced it had received 124 applications for grant funds under SCRAPS 2. The Port said it identified 31 applicants as low-income or certified small businesses under state guidelines.
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