The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore has been awarded US $2.4 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to repower marine engines and upgrade equipment used to move cargo to reduce emissions at the port.
The EPA funding is coming from a Diesel Emission Reduction Act grant. The funding will go toward the replacement of approximately 35 dray trucks, 30 pieces of cargo-handling equipment such as forklifts and yard tractors, and the repowering of four marine engines. These replacements and repowers will result in emissions reduction of approximately 37 tons of particulate matter, 398 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), 165 tons of carbon monoxide, and 724 tons of carbon dioxide. It will also save more than 64,000 tons of fuel.
Governor Larry Hogan commented: “Our administration is committed to growing Maryland’s economy while protecting our environment. This federal funding will support growth at one of our state’s top economic engines, while significantly reducing emissions and building on the clean air progress that we have made.”
Through initiatives like the Clean Diesel and Dray Truck Replacement programs, the Port has so far reduced air pollutants by more than 10,000 tons. This includes the replacement of 175 older dray trucks with newer model, cleaner versions and the replacement, retrofit, or repowering of 60 pieces of cargo-handling equipment with newer, less polluting engines.
“Improving the environment while continuing to grow business is a win-win,” said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.
“The Maryland Department of the Environment thanks EPA for this smart investment in clean air around the port and across the Baltimore area,” added Maryland environment secretary Ben Grumbles.