The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just announced its award of a grant of almost $1 million to the Port of Baltimore to further reduce diesel emissions by heavy equipment used onsite. The federal grant, which comes from the EPA Clean Diesel Program, will help the port make additional reductions in diesel fuel use, along with diesel particulate matter, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide – pollutants that can significantly impact human health and the environment. Said U.S. Senator Ben Cardin:
Less pollution is good for business and better for the public health. The Port of Baltimore has consistently sought out ways to improve its environmental sustainability and the EPA has repeatedly proven itself to be a strong partner in these efforts. I appreciate their shared commitment to finding new ways to reduce diesel use and emissions, which are known to have significant impacts on public health, especially in children. These types of joint efforts are a powerful way to expand the benefits of investments in pollution-control technologies and are to be strongly applauded.