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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Utah Department of Environmental Quality a $2.3 million grant to reduce diesel emissions from heavy-duty trucks and school buses.

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Utah Department of Environmental Quality a $2.3 million grant to reduce diesel emissions from heavy-duty trucks and school buses.

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The grant will be used to replace short- and long-haul diesel trucks with vehicles that have the most stringent emissions standards available at the time of replacement.

In addition, several diesel school buses will be replaced with current model year buses powered by “cleaner” fuels. The majority of these vehicles will operate in Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah and Weber counties.

Replacing the vehicles will result in the reduction of approximately 335 tons of nitrogen oxides; 25 tons of particulate matter; 42 tons of hydrocarbons; and 130 tons of carbon monoxide, according to a statement from the EPA. It will also save an estimated 595,137 gallons of fuel.