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Ohio Air Quality Improvements Coming to Lorain County

December 13, 2019
Gayle Manning News

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $13 million in grant funds to improve the air quality throughout Ohio, including for Lorain County. State Rep. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) considers this a win for local residents

“I am pleased to see this money going toward the communities of Lorain County and other regions across our state,” said Manning. “We must keep ensuring we find ways to alleviate air pollutants for the health of Ohioans.”

Lorain County is being awarded the following grants:

-Black River Local Schools, Medina and Lorain counties, $69,552 for 25 percent of the cost to replace three model year 2002-2003 diesel-powered school buses with three model year 2021 new clean diesel-powered school buses

-Estes Express Lines, 19 counties (Cuyahoga, Delaware, Erie, Fairfield, Franklin, Geauga, Lake, Licking, Lorain, Lucas, Madison, Mahoning, Medina, Ottawa, Portage, Sandusky, Stark, Summit, and Trumbull counties), $447,975 for 25 percent of the cost to replace 18 model year 2004-2006 Class 8 diesel-powered  trucks with 18 model year 2020 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks

-Firelands Local Schools, Lorain County, $129,417 for 25 percent of the cost to replace six model year 2005-2008 diesel-powered school buses with six model year 2020 new clean diesel-powered school buses

-Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, eight counties (Cuyahoga, Erie, Lorain, Mahoning, Portage, Sandusky, Summit, and Trumbull), $375,000 for 11 percent of the cost to replace 15 model year 2009 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks with 15 model year 2020 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks

The Ohio EPA estimates the grants will remove nearly fifty tons of nitrogen oxide and over twenty tons of other pollutants. Additionally, the program is investing $75 million over 10 years in their efforts to decrease pollutant emissions throughout Ohio.

The organizations and businesses receiving the grants are decided by a committee from the Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Transportation. If your business or organization is interested in applying for next year’s grants during the next online cycle from June 1 – Aug. 7, 2020, you can apply here.