Virginia Clean Cities Receives $1.84 million grant from Environmental Protection Agency


Virginia Clean Cities at James Madison University has received a $1.84 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to work with UPS on replacing 69 diesel tractor-trailer trucks in the Mid-Atlantic region with trucks that use either cleaner domestically produced compressed natural gas or newer, cleaner diesel engines.

The project, called the Mid-Atlantic Nitrous Oxide Reduction Program (MANOR), will run for two years. UPS has matched the EPA grant with about $8 million. "They’re substantially committed to this project," said Matt Wade, deputy director of VCC. "The goal is to assist them with this transition to these cleaner and more affordable fuels thus improving air quality in these highly trafficked interstate and urban areas where they operate."

The grant will be used to replace trucks operating in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Wade said each truck averages about 92,380 miles per year, which comes to 6,374,220 miles anually for all 69 trucks.

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