The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore with US $2.4 million to repower marine engines and upgrade equipment that is used to move cargo to reduce emissions at the port. The EPA funding comes from a ‘Diesel Emission Reduction Act’ grant.
Mainly, the funding aims to replace approximately 35 dray trucks, 30 pieces of cargo-handling equipment such as forklifts and yard tractors, and the repowering of four marine engines.
Moreover, the replacements will result to the decrease of emissions of approximately 37 tons of particulate matter, 398 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), 165 tons of carbon monoxide, and 724 tons of carbon dioxide. It will also save more than 64,000 tons of fuel.
According to Governor Larry Hogan, not only does the federal funding support the development of one of the state’s top economic engines, but it also reduces emissions and builds the clean air-progress the port has made.
The port has, allegedly, reduced, up to now, more than 10.000 tons of air pollutants. This also, resulted from replacing 175 older dray trucks with newer model, cleaner versions and the replacement, retrofit, or repowering of 60 pieces of cargo-handling equipment with newer, less polluting engines.
Concluding, Pete K. Rahn, Transportation Secretary, stated that
Improving the environment while continuing to grow business is a win-win.
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