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EPA Buys Back Dirty Diesels

Agency claims 10:1 health benefit for the taxpayer subsidies.

by on Oct.15, 2009

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Diesels last for decades, so EPA is addressing the existing fleet.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a just released report to the Congress claims its Diesel Emission Reduction Program, funded at $50 million by taxpayers last year, allowed EPA to purchase or retrofit 14,000 diesel-powered vehicles and pieces of equipment, preventing respiratory illnesses and saving money in communities nationwide.

EPA said the program eliminated 46,000 tons of nitrogen oxide, a prime contributor to elevated smog levels, and 2,200 tons of particulate matter when computed over the lifetime of the diesel vehicles

EPA also estimate that it is conserving 3.2.million gallons of fuel annually under the “SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program,” which saves operators $8 million annually

All told, the agency charged with cleaning the air we breathe and water we use claims it is generating public health benefits between $500 million to $1.4 billion. 

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