Zabel announces $735K grant for Upper Darby Twp.

HARRISBURG, Sept. 29 – In a move expected to improve air quality in his district, state Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, announced Upper Darby Township has been approved for a $735,000 grant to replace older vehicles and purchase six clean diesel-powered Class 8 trucks.

Upper Darby was one of just five applicants to receive funding through the Driving PA Forward - Truck & Bus Fleet Grant Program.

“The approval for this grant is important not only because diesel vehicles are more efficient than gasoline engines, but it is also good news for our district because newer diesel model trucks decrease emissions,” Zabel said. “The grant is a victory for residents looking to improve air quality, reduce emissions and improve public health in our district and region.”

Funding for the grant program comes from the Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund (as a result of a settlement against Volkswagen) and the Zero Emission Vehicle Fund.

The awards are for conversions of older diesel-powered vehicles to new clean diesel-powered vehicles leading to air quality benefits in high priority, high population density, and high traffic density areas.

“We are grateful to the awardees for their commitment to converting their vehicle fleets to clean diesel-powered vehicles, which decreases air pollutants, making Pennsylvania’s air cleaner,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.

Conversions to clean diesel trucks and buses reduce large amounts of nitrogen oxide pollution from these vehicles, leading to less fine particulate matter and ozone formation. The recommended projects will also reduce hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.