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Diesel Grant Program available

The North Dakota Department of Health announced the release of the annual State Clean Diesel Grant Program application. Cities, counties, and other government agencies that conduct work for the benefit of the public and require diesel-powered vehicles or equipment are encouraged to apply for State Clean Diesel Grants, according to Keith Hinnenkamp, environmental scientist with the North Dakota Department of Health.

The department will award about $100,000 in grants funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the purchase of new, diesel-powered vehicles and equipment. The purpose of the grants is to reduce diesel emissions in accordance with the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of the Energy Policy Act of 2010. To date, 37 older vehicles have been replaced by these grants in North Dakota, with a reduction in air emissions of about 133 tons over the lifetime of those vehicles, Hinnenkamp said.

The grant guidelines and application are available at Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Jan. 31.

For more information, contact Hinnenkamp, North Dakota Department of Health, at 701-328-5188, or visit