The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been allocated $2 million by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to get as many as 80 older diesel trucks that service port authority facilities off the road. The EPA has targeted short-haul trucks — from model year 2006 to be replaced with cleaner, newer models (no older than 2013). The $2 million will be divided into grants of a maximum of $25,000, giving truckers up to 50 percent of the cost to scrap and replace each vehicle.
It’s salutary to be told by the EPA that getting just 80 old short-haulers off the road would reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (by 49.5 tons), carbon monoxide (16.5 tons) and fine particulates (2.15 tons) annually.
“Pollution from diesel engines is linked to asthma, respiratory problems, heart attacks and is especially dangerous to children and the elderly,” EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez, said. “Reducing air pollution from diesel engines has enormous health benefits that translates directly into fewer hospitalizations and less missed days of work and school. Replacing old dirty trucks with newer ones makes a significant difference in areas around Port Authority facilities.”
Let’s not think too hard about what all the other old trucks continue to emit after the 80 are scrapped.