The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $1.56 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding to the Chelsea Collaborative, a local non-profit, to provide electrical re-powering units for stationary cold storage trailers at the market. The trailers currently use diesel fuel, adding to air pollution in a city already infamous for its chronic smog from heavy industry and nearby highways.
The air-improving project is expected to save the market $500,000 a year and help support 20 manufacturing, design and installation jobs.
"Investing in Clean Diesel projects through the Recovery Act is a down payment on protecting health, improving air quality, helping the economy and creating jobs in our communities," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New England office. "New England has some of the highest rates of asthma in the country. By reducing diesel emissions - especially in urban areas like Chelsea - we are helping thousands of our neighbors to breathe easier."
EPA also awarded an additional $367,000 under the Recovery Act to the Chelsea Collaborative to reduce diesel emissions in Chelsea city vehicles.
The state of Massachusetts is also giving $200,000 from a recent settlement with Exxon-Mobil over the Commonwealth’s allegations that the company violated the state’s air pollution laws at its bulk gasoline terminals in Everett and Springfield.
CAPTION: Sorting lettuce at Chelsea Produce Market (Globe file photo by Janet Knott)
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