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Makah, Tulalip Receive Funding for Engine Upgrades

NEAH BAY, Washington — More than $1.3 million in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants are going to Indian country in Washington state to upgrade boats with low-emission engines.

The grants were awarded as part of EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign, which since 2004 has awarded more than 100 grants to reduce diesel emissions from medium- and heavy-duty engines used in agriculture, construction, public fleets and movement of goods.

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The grants are funded under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act.

The Makah Nation received $750,000 to upgrade nine commercial fishing vessels. The engine upgrades will improve fuel efficiency and decrease diesel emissions. The Makah Nation is contributing 25 percent of the project cost.

The Tulalip Tribes received $576,525 to upgrade 13 vessels used for dive fisheries, gillnet fisheries, and for enforcement and rescue patrol. The project will be implemented with over $192,808 in leveraged funding.

“Clean diesel technology can reduce air pollution in harbors, neighborhoods and schools,” regional EPA administrator Dennis McLerran said in a press release. “The Pacific Northwest is a major hub for commerce. When local governments, tribes and industries work to find opportunities for clean diesel technology, everyone benefits from the improved air quality.”