The Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) have identified 12 projects to fund in the first annual cycle of its Diesel Emission Mitigation Fund (DEMF). These projects will significantly reduce the release of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) into Nevada’s air from on-road and non-road diesel-powered vehicles and equipment. With $6.6 million from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, NDEP will leverage more than $9.4 million in funding from project partners to mitigate excess NOx emissions associated with Volkswagen’s 2.0 and 3.0L diesel-powered cars. These funds will efficiently and cost-effectively reduce NOx emissions from areas of Nevada that bear a disproportionate share of NOx pollution and other pollutants.
“NDEP’s Bureau of Air Quality Planning, helped by Clark and Washoe Counties’ air quality agencies, has worked over the past several months to develop the DEMF so that it was ready for its first annual competitive funding cycle in 2018,” said NDEP Administrator Greg Lovato. “Nitrogen oxides are unhealthy pollutants from vehicles. Once completed, these projects will improve our air quality.”
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