Menendez Hails $17 Million For Clean Diesel Programs In Post Of NJ/NY

Menendez Hails $17 Million For Clean Diesel Programs In Post Of NJ/NY

Funding from economic recovery act will help modernize vessels, vehicles and rail

Washington - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the region that includes New Jersey, New York and Puerto Rico (EPA Region 2) with $17 million from the economic recovery package for clean diesel projects related to port activity, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) said today. Menendez, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, hailed this funding as an action that will contribute to an economic recovery, long-term economic stability and a healthier environment.

"When we can put people to work on projects that clean the air we breathe, that's a win-win," said Menendez. "This funding and these projects help contribute to an economic recovery and help lay the foundation for long-term economic security. A strong 21st century economy will be one in which we are more energy efficiency and are producing fewer emissions. This funding will help ensure that activity in and around our busy port will fit in that type of economy."

The awards announced today were chosen to both maximize economic impact and emissions reductions. These projects include:

Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) - Marine Ferry
Repower and McAllister Sisters Marine Tug Repower Project ($2,800,000) : Under the Marine Ferry Repower project, NESCAUM will repower four marine vessels, including ferries that operate in the Hudson River and tugs operating at the Port of San Juan, by replacing 13 pre-regulation engines with new engines. Under the McAllister Sisters project, NESCAUM will repower one marine vessel that operates in the New York Harbor, Long Island Sound, and the Delaware River by replacing four pre-regulation engines with new engines.

New York State Department of Transportation - Switch Locomotive Repower with GensetTechnology ($1,050,000): This project will repower one switch locomotive operating at CSX's Selkirk Yard (near Albany, NY) by replacing the existing pre -regulation engine with cleaner engines.

Columbia University - Voluntary Construction Retrofit Program ($1,997,279): This project will retrofit up to 78 pieces of construction equipment used on the Manhattanville campus expansion project with diesel particulate filters. The University will partner with equipment rental companies.

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey - Regional Truck Replacement Program
($7,000,000): This project will replace up to 636 model year 1993 and older drayage trucks that service Port Authority facilities with cleaner, 2004 and newer model year trucks by offering truckers 25% off the cost of the newer truck.

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey - Shore Power Installation at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal ($2,858,200): This project will install the land-side electrical infrastructure necessary for cruise vessels calling at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal to hook up to shore power while docked, eliminating the need to operate on-board generators. Carnival Cruise Lines has committed to use the facility.

New York City Department of Transportation -Staten Island Ferry Marine Engine
Repower ($1,275,000): This project will repower the Staten Island Ferry vessel John H. Noble by replacing four pre-regulation engines with new engines.

In addition to helping create and retain jobs, the clean diesel projects would help to reduce premature deaths, asthma attacks and other respiratory ailments, lost work days, and many other health impacts every year.

The Recovery Act allotted the National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) a total of $300 million, of which the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program received $156 million to fund competitive grants across the nation. The Recovery Act also included $20 million for the National Clean Diesel Emerging Technology Program grants and $30 million for the SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program grants.

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