I am pleased to announce that the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) and the Port of Houston Authority were selected to receive grants for $991,041 and $943,413, respectively, from the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) to aid in diesel emissions reductions. HGAC and the Port of Houston are two of the four organizations in EPA region 6 to receive grants; together, these organizations will receive $3.1 million to reduce emissions and clean up our air. The other awardees in region 6 are the Railroad Research Foundation and the Leonardo Academy.
HGAC will use the grant to repower three marine vessels operating in the Houston-Galveston and Corpus Christi areas. Additionally, seven engines on tug boats and harbor crafts will be repowered with new, cleaner engine technology. The Port of Houston Authority has partnered with CMA CGM to use the funds to offset the costs of burning cleaner fuel when the ships are close to shore.
EDF is proud to have played an important role in helping the Houston region obtain this funding, and we applaud the efforts of our regional partners in making the effort to improve our economy, our health, and our environment. Each year, diesel engines emit 7.3 million tons of smog-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 333,000 tons of soot. This pollution is linked to thousands of premature deaths, hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks and millions of lost work days. Efforts such as these help Houston be a better place to live.
You can see a full list of awardees here.