On November 20, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is offering $2 million in rebates that will help owners of construction equipment replace or retrofit older diesel engines.
The goal of this program is to improve air quality by reducing pollution caused by diesel equipment. While the EPA has developed higher standards for new diesel engines, construction equipment engines are extremely durable. Older engines can operate for decades, emitting large amounts of harmful pollutants linked to health issues like asthma and lung and heart disease.
“Exhaust from diesel construction equipment affects children, senior citizens, and others in neighborhoods across the country,” explained Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. "These rebates will help equipment owners protect public health and improve air quality near construction sites while updating their fleets.”
The rebates will be made through the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA). DERA has provided more than $500 million since 2008 to replace, retrofit, or repower U.S. vehicles. These projects are expected to provide up to $8.2 million in healthcare savings.
Protect workers operating construction equipment powered by diesel engines by implementing engineering and administrative controls and providing personal protective equipment.