Feds fuel diesel program

Among the billions and billions of dollars the federal government is showering on states through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is about $2 million Indiana plans to bestow in the form of grants to make diesel engines less-polluting and more efficient.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management will use the cash to make grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 per public or private group operating diesel-powered vehicles, under a continuation of its 4-year-old DieselWise Indiana program.

Grant applications are due May 15 for diesel emission projects that must be completed by Sept. 30, 2010. IDEM has a preference for applicants offering a financial or in-kind match.

Previous DieselWise grants have helped pay for 1,100 vehicle modifications, which involve everything from adding filters to installing special catalysts to reduce emissions.

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