The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) with $650,000 to reduce diesel emissions from engines on up to eight vessels operating in the Puget Sound region.
The project will provide vessel owners with incentives to scrap and replace 12-19 old Tier 0 engines with newer, more-efficient and lower-emission Tier 3 engines on six to eight harbor vessels operating in Puget Sound, Lake Union and Lake Washington.
Combined with the mandatory match of $891,000, the total project cost is $1,541,000.
According to the EPA, the project will reduce lifetime emissions of nitrogen oxide by 54 tons, PM2.5 by 3.3 tons, hydrocarbons by 1.7 tons and carbon monoxide by 7.5 tons.
"Clean diesel technologies not only improve air quality, but advance innovation and support jobs,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "These projects will significantly reduce harmful emissions and directly benefit the health of residents.”