US Environmental Protection Agency awarded a USD 541,817 grant to Massachusetts Port Authority


11 January 2019

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a USD 541,817 grant to the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) to replace diesel-powered GSE operating at Boston Logan Airport (BOS). The grant is made available under a competitive national grant programme administered by EPA with funding authorised by the US Congress under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). EPA has also announced the availability of grant funding to implement projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. The Massachusetts Port Authority was awarded the EPA grant to replace 25 pieces of diesel-powered ground support equipment with all-electric versions operating at BOS. The equipment includes baggage tractors, belt loaders and push back tugs. Once fully implemented, this project will result in annual emissions reductions of 0.5 t of PM2.5 and 4.5 t of NOx. Since 2011, EPA has awarded a total of USD 2.175 million to Massport for projects to reduce diesel emissions at Logan Airport and within greater Boston. The EPA grant will be matched by a Massport contribution of USD 622,221. EPA New England Regional Administrator, Alexandra Dunn, said: “EPA is very pleased that this funding will help our partner Massport to reduce diesel emissions at the region’s largest airport, providing cleaner air for both travellers and workers. Reducing diesel emissions helps to improve air quality and protects people's health. This project will significantly reduce diesel emissions, meaning cleaner air for everyone. Reducing diesel emissions is especially important for children, and for people who suffer from asthma and other respiratory problems.”

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