|Michael F. Easley, Governor||William G. Ross, Jr., Secretary|
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Date: March 22, 2006
|Contact: Tom Mather
RALEIGH - State environmental officials have awarded $799,511 in grants for projects to reduce air pollution from motor vehicles, such as retrofitting school buses with controls to curb diesel emissions and building facilities for producing or distributing biodiesel fuel.
The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) awarded the grants through the Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Grants program, which is administered through the Division of Air Quality. This year's grant winners include 16 projects from 14 counties:
"These projects should help reduce air pollution problems caused by buses, trucks and other vehicles," DAQ Director Keith Overcash said. "Exhaust from motor vehicles contributes to many air quality problems, including ozone, haze, particle pollution and climate change."
The mobile grants program is funded by a 1/64-cent per gallon tax on gasoline sold in North Carolina. It awards grants for projects and equipment that limit air pollution from cars, trucks and other motor vehicles. The program has awarded 88 grants totaling $6.44 million statewide since 1995.
Mobile sources are any type of motor vehicle that can pollute the air, including automobiles, trucks, buses, railroad locomotives, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, construction equipment, motorboats and lawnmowers. The grants can be used for equipment, such as alternative fuel vehicles, that directly reduce the levels of air pollutants generated by motor vehicles or for projects that indirectly reduce mobile emissions, such as car-pooling, mass transit and educational initiatives. More information about the mobile grants program and other air quality issues can be found at the DAQ Web site: www.ncair.org.
|N.C. Division of Air Quality
B. Keith Overcash, Director
1641 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1641
|Tom Mather, Public Information Officer
(919)715-7408, FAX (919)715-7175