Organizations say switch engine and tugboat upgrades will reduce pollution

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WASHINGTON — Two advocacy organizations say in new research that U.S. ports can best reduce diesel fume pollution by upgrading engines in switchers and tug boats.

In a March 8 news release, the Washington-based Environmental Defense Fund and the News York City-based Diesel Technology Forum tout new research the organizations jointly sponsored that representatives say show diesel engine upgrades are the most cost-effective ways to reduce nitrous oxide pollution in and near U.S. ports.

The organizations report that tugboats and switch engines could be modified to meet EPA Tier 4 emission standards for $65,000 and $226,000, respectively.

The groups also say the upgrades could be paid for, at least in part, from a $2.9 billion environmental trust fund paid by Volkswagen as restitution for designing its diesel-powered automobiles to cheat on U.S. emission standards tests.

More information is available online.

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