The South Coast Air Quality Management District received a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for clean diesel projects, the federal agency announced Wednesday.

The AQMD will use the funds to replace 26 diesel-fueled Transport Refrigeration Units and trailers with 26 hybrid electric units; replace 15 diesel TRUs and trailers with 15 all-electric units with supporting infrastructure; and install 194 electrified parking spaces for TRUs at three grocery distribution locations.

The EPA announced $11.8 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grant funding throughout California and $73 million throughout the country. The DERA program is administered by the EPA’s West Coast Collaborative, a clean air partnership that leverages public and private funds to reduce emissions from the most polluting diesel sources in the western states and U.S. territories.

“EPA is proud to support our partners as they deliver cleaner air benefits to local communities across the country,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said. “New diesel engines operate cleaner than older engines, and for each dollar invested in clean diesel projects, communities get $13 in cumulative health benefits.”

EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator John Busterud said “public-private partnerships like the West Coast Collaborative are leading the way on reducing harmful diesel emissions and creating jobs.”

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