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Here’s An Excellent Tool in the Clean Air Toolbox – Is Your Port Using It?

Maryland Ports Authority was awarded almost $900,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to replace 25 drayage trucks at the Port of Baltimore.

Funding to incentivize the replacement of older equipment and vehicles is one of the best tools that we have in the clean air toolbox for reducing dangerous diesel emissions from heavy-duty trucks and equipment. Whether through national programs like the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) or Texas’ own Texas Emission Reduction Plan, there are funding sources available to help ports and other goods movement facilities replace older, high-polluting engines with newer, cleaner ones.

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has been a strong advocate of these programs, and a committed partner to ports to assist in the development of clean air projects. For example, earlier this year EDF helped two projects at the Port of Houston secure nearly two million dollars of DERA funds to replace 39 trucks diesel trucks operating at the port. Read More »

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Houston Truck Fair Highlights Win for Truckers, Clean Air

This guest post was written by EDF Houston Clean Air Associate Alesha Herrera.

At last Saturday’s Port of Houston Drayage Truck Fair, drivers learned about new vehicle funding opportunities while I learned that they really do appreciate the win-win aspects of getting newer trucks making them more marketable to employers, while also helping the environment.

Representatives from the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and the Port of Houston offered information and answered questions about regional and statewide Clean Truck Programs aimed at giving Port of Houston truck drivers grants and low-interest loans to help in the purchase of newer, cleaner vehicles. These programs are among many efforts by EDF, HGAC and the Port Authority to tackle one of the largest sources of air pollution in the port area: short-haul trucks.

The Drayage Truck Fair featured new trucks on display, truck dealers offering special discounts, meet-and-greets with program representatives, and family fun with background music from a local radio station and food being cooked up around the field. Thanks to media and blog interest from The Journal of Commerce, The Baytown Sun, Overdrive.online, and RoadProServices.com, more than 150 truckers and their families attended the event. Read More »

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