This week, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) Director Alec Messina announced awards for the first round of funding under the Driving a Cleaner Illinois Program. The program was designed to improve air quality in the state primarily by removing old diesel engines from service.
Approximately $19 million in funding awards will go toward public transit projects benefiting the most vulnerable populations in the Chicago area including low-income residents, minorities, and children. The Illinois EPA anticipates achieving approximately 290 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx) reductions per year from these projects.
“Illinois EPA developed the first round of funding to achieve significant NOx emission reductions for our most vulnerable residents,” said Messina. “Environmental justice areas throughout the Chicago area will see real air quality improvements because of these projects.”
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