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Oregon DEQ giving $1 million to 11 private companies to cut their pollution

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(The Center Square) – The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality announced 11 recipients that will receive nearly $1 million combined in taxpayer dollars to reduce diesel emissions, removing over 33 tons of pollution, including nitrogen oxide and fine particulate matter, from the state’s air. That’s $30,000 a ton.

The Environmental Protection Agency provides this taxpayer funding for the state through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, according to a release from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

The recipients include companies that use diesel-powered vehicles and equipment.

“The DERA grants help support small and large businesses around the state to transition to cleaner and more efficient transportation and equipment,” Rachel Sakata, section manager in Oregon DEQ’s Air Quality Division, said. “This then helps DEQ advance its goals of lowering diesel emissions and decreasing air pollution leading to a cleaner environment and improved public health.”

Here are the 11 recipients:

Bob’s Metals of Portland, Oregon, will receive $232,134 to “Replace two diesel trucks with two diesel trucks with particulate matter 2.5 and nitrogen oxide emissions controls and install diesel particulate filter exhaust systems in four diesel trucks,” the release said.

Boring Bark and Landscape Supply of Boring, Oregon, will get $75,990 toretrofit the exhaust systems in three heavy-duty trucks.

City Recycle LLC of Portland, Oregon, will obtain $16,101 to retrofit the exhaust system of one medium-duty truck.

Construction of Beavercreek, Oregon, will receive $49,226 to retrofit the exhaust systems of five heavy-duty trucks.

Fox Erosion Control & Landscape, Inc. of Clackamas, Oregon, will get $50,306 to retrofit the exhaust systems in three heavy-duty trucks.

JBC Roofing LLC of Tigard, Oregon, will obtain $13,600 to retrofit the exhaust system of a medium-duty truck.

Ken Leahy Construction, Inc. of Cornelius, Oregon, will receive $62,967 to retrofit the exhaust systems of three heavy-duty trucks.

Kindrick Transport LLC of Glendale, Oregon, will obtain $22,640 to retrofit the exhaust system of one of its heavy-duty trucks.

Moore Excavation, Inc. of Fairview, Oregon, will receive $223,930 to “Replace two diesel non-road loaders with new equipment that includes PM 2.5 and NOx emissions controls and install new retrofit exhaust systems in four non-road excavators,” the release said.

MW Equipment Rentals of Fairview, Oregon, will get $58,210 to retrofit the exhaust systems of two non-road crawler dump trucks.

Plus, Pacific Lumber & Truss Co. of Beaverton, Oregon, will receive $174,515 to retrofit the exhaust systems in nine heavy-duty trucks.

The grants add up to $979,619.

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