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US Government Providing $2M to Supplement $20M in California Funding to Reduce Emissions at Port of Oakland

The San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced a new $2 million federal grant to supplement the $20 million in state and local funds to install diesel exhaust filters and replace old trucks to reduce particulate emissions at the Port of Oakland.

This program is an partnership between the Air District, the Port of Oakland, the California Air Resources Board and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The program’s goal is to quickly reduce the health risks to the West Oakland community from truck activity at this major transportation hub.

Port truckers with model year 2003 or older vehicles serving the port can apply for funding to install the particulate filter device at the Port of Oakland’s OT411 Truck Information Center.

According to California regulation, after 1 January 2010, many older trucks without particulate filters will be prohibited from entering the port and will not be eligible to receive retrofit funding. The Air District is processing the applications submitted for Prop. 1B funding and offering new funding for retrofits on a first-come, first served basis.

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