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Program aims to replace old trucks serving ports

Tuesday - 7/19/2011, 7:59am  ET

BALTIMORE - A program aimed at cleaning up the air in the mid-Atlantic area is encouraging short-haul truck operators serving ports in the region to trade in clunkers for newer vehicles.

With more than $3 million in federal funds, the University of Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association, a group of state air pollution regulators, are offering subsidies and financial incentives to replace older trucks serving ports in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Hampton Roads. Organizers hope to nearly double that amount with other public and private funding to replace hundreds of trucks over the next two years.

Owners of short-haul trucks built before 2003 are eligible for grants of up to $15,000 toward a newer vehicle. For now, preference is being given to vehicles with engines made before 1998.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com


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