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Ashland Company Receives $6,114 in Federal Stimulus Funds to Perform Diesel Retrofits

November 9, 2009

November 9, 2009

As part of the Massachusetts Recovery Plan to secure the state’s economic future, the state today awarded BP Trucking Company, Inc. of Ashland $6,114 to retrofit three diesel waste collection vehicles serving Acton, Concord, Maynard, Sudbury and Wayland.

“Our MassCleanDiesel program targets vehicle emission reductions that safeguard the health of our residents,” Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) said. “These grants will result in cleaner air in the communities where these vehicles operate on a weekly basis.”

 The grants, funded as part of the Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP) Waste Collection Vehicle Retrofit Program, have been awarded to the towns of Blackstone and Clinton, the cities of Chicopee and Springfield, and to private waste haulers based in Ashland, Auburn, East Boston, Rutland and Somerville that service multiple communities across the Commonwealth.

Thirty-two of the communities served by these vehicles are environmental justice areas, and 29 of the communities have pediatric asthma rates that are at or above the statewide incidence level of 10 percent.

The grants are supported by $115,000 in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, $82,000 from an enforcement settlement with the American Electric Power Co., and $105,000 in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“These grants solidify Massachusetts as a leader in the effort to reduce harmful emissions from diesel trucks and buses,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles. “These funds will help to protect the public health, bolster the state economy, and create and retain green jobs that result in improved air quality.”

“The additional federal stimulus money allows us to expand this important program into many more neighborhoods across the Commonwealth,” said MassDEP Commissioner Laurie Burt. “When completed, these retrofits will help to protect sensitive populations in environmental justice communities and areas of high asthma rates.”

“Vehicle emissions are one of the biggest contributors to global climate change, and these investments will help reduce that pollution while injecting funds into the economy,” said U.S. Senator John Kerry. “I’m pleased that the Patrick Administration is working to ensure that Massachusetts continues to lead when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint.”

“The retrofitting process will make communities across the Commonwealth safer and cleaner for their citizens,” said U.S. Senator Paul G. Kirk, Jr. “Cities and towns will now be able to deliver municipal services in a healthier and more environmentally friendly way.”

“By reducing emissions from our diesel powered engines we help create a cleaner and healthier environment,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal. “This program is another example of how Massachusetts is becoming a leader in green jobs and technology.”

“I am pleased that MassDEP is able to expand the successful Waste Collection Vehicle (WCV) Retrofit Program using federal stimulus funding,” said state Senator Marc R. Pacheco, Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight. “This program will help the state to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, while improving air quality and public health significantly.”

“I’m pleased and delighted to see federal stimulus funds going toward reducing diesel emissions from waste collection vehicles,” said state Representative David Paul Linsky, House chair of the Joint Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight. “Our air will be cleaner, and our citizens healthier, as a result.”

 Senator Anthony Petruccelli, Senate chair of the Environment Committee, was pleased to hear about the federal stimulus funding going to several municipalities and private vendors statewide.

Depending on the vehicle owner’s preference and the vehicle’s operating system, the eligible trucks will receive one of three retrofit technologies: a diesel oxidation catalyst; a diesel flow through filter; or a diesel particulate filter. Two vendors, Southworth-Milton, Inc. of Milford and Shuster Corporation of New Bedford, will provide and install the equipment. The retrofit equipment will be installed on the waste collection vehicle’s exhaust system.

Depending on the retrofit technology selected, particulate matter emissions will be reduced by 25-89 percent, carbon monoxide emissions by 50-90 percent, and hydrocarbon emissions by 50-93 percent.

Last year, Governor Patrick announced the MassCleanDiesel – Clean Air for Kids campaign. The program provides 100 percent funding to all eligible publicly and privately owned school buses to install diesel retrofit devices and will improve public health for school children and local residents exposed to pollution from school buses.  Under this program, up to 6,000 school buses and regional transit buses are eligible for diesel retrofits.

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