Rep. Gene Green Announces EPA Award of $9 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Clean Diesel at the Port of Houston
August 27, 2009
Houston, TX – Representative Gene Green today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $9 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the Port of Houston from the National Clean Diesel Campaign. The award will support the SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program of the Port of Houston, an innovative clean diesel project that helps protect air quality and will create and retain jobs in the Houston-area.
“I am glad that the Environmental Protection Agency recognizes the importance of the Texas Coast and its waterways,” said Rep. Gene Green. “This funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will go a long way not only to keep jobs and promote growth in our area, but it will help protect the environment, air quality and the health of Houston and its neighbors.”
Overall, the Recovery Act allotted $300 million for the National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) which promotes diesel emission reduction strategies. This innovative financing program will help the Port of Houston purchase new, cleaner or retrofitted vehicles and equipment. Through NCDC, EPA has worked with thousands of partners to reduce the health effects of diesel emissions across the nation.
“We are grateful for Congressman Gene Green’s support of funding for air quality improvements as a worthwhile investment of federal funds, and we also appreciate our regional Congressional delegation as advocates of this important effort,” said James Edmonds, Chairman of the Port of Houston Commission.
“We continue to see the affects of the Recovery Act in Houston, and we are glad to work with the EPA to better our environment and sustain our community,” said Green.
For information about EPA’s clean diesel initiatives, visit https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel
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