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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association, Inc. (MARAMA) $1.3 million for clean diesel projects as part of the Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) and its ongoing campaign to reduce harmful diesel exhaust that can lead to asthma attacks and premature deaths.

Grant funds will repower three marine vessels and, anticipated to begin in the summer of 2013, retrofit drayage trucks. Award recipients were selected based on potential for maximizing health and environmental benefits by targeting areas that have significant air quality issues. Reduced air pollution from diesel engines in these areas can have a direct and significant impact on public health.