Clean Diesel Projects for State of Hawaii


Pacific Business News
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
EPA: Hawaii to get $1.7M to reduce diesel emissions
Hawaii will get $1.73 million in economic stimulus funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to create jobs and reduce diesel emissions. The EPA announced Wednesday that the Hawaii Department of Healthy’s Environmental Health Administration will receive the funding to be used to support clean diesel projects and loan programs to address the nation’s fleet of over 11 million diesel engines. The money is provided by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and will go towards the state’s clean diesel grant program. Hawaii plans to implement a clean school-bus project under the program, replacing older diesel buses in operation and retrofitting up to 400 school buses. Under the act’s state clean diesel funding program, $88.2 million is divided equally through a noncompetitive allocation process, meaning that all 50 states and the District of Columbia will receive $1.73 million, the EPA said.

Thursday, April 9th, 2009 4:41 AM HST
Hawaii getting environmental protection funds
HONOLULU (AP) — More than $3 million in federal economic stimulus money is going to the state Department of Health and the state Environmental Health Administration. The administration will receive a little more than half the money through the Diesel Emission Reduction Act. Its aim is to reduce diesel emission to improve air quality and to protect public health. The rest of the money goes to the Health Department's solid and hazardous waste branch. It will be used for assessment and cleanup of leaks from underground storage tanks. Hawaii Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka said today in a news release issued in Washington that the funding makes important investments in the islands by improving environmental protection while creating and retaining jobs.