Posted: Mar 19, 2013 6:21 AM
LOUISVILLE (AP) - Louisville's metro government has been awarded $54,000 to reduce diesel emissions from its waste-hauling fleet.
The money is coming from the federal Environmental Protection Agency's Diesel Emission Reduction Act.
The project will retrofit two refuse haulers with diesel particulate filters and closed crankcase ventilation systems. Officials say emissions of particulate matter will be reduced by nearly 90 percent. Particulate matter is linked to increased risk of stroke, heart attack and other health problems.
The project also will fund equipment to help keep the filters clean and working properly.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says sanitation trucks are on the roads providing service thousands of hours each year, so reducing their emissions is a big benefit.
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