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Senator Murray Announces $9 Million in Clean Energy Recovery Funding for Pacific Northwest Organization

Aug 27 2009

Funding for Cascade Sierra Solutions will help replace or upgrade older diesel trucks with new, energy efficient components

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a $9 million grant to Cascade Sierra Solutions to improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution in the Pacific Northwest. The funding comes from the SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“This grant will get high-emission vehicles off our roads, and it will make Washington state trucks more energy-efficient,” said Senator Patty Murray. “Investing in clean-energy will create jobs immediately, and it will help our families by reducing the costs of shipping goods.”

The $9 million grant will be used by Cascade Sierra solutions for revolving loan, lease or bond programs to replace older diesel trucks or upgrade them with clean, fuel saving technologies such as idle reduction equipment, fuel efficient tires and aerodynamic devices.

Overall, the Recovery Act allotted $300 million for the National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC), $30 million of which will fund SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program grants.

As a senior member of the Senate committee overseeing Energy funding, Sen. Murray worked to ensure that investments in clean-energy technology were included in the Recovery Act.  Senator Murray voted to pass the Recovery Act on February 13th. The bill was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th.