Environmental Protection Agency taking steps to reduce air pollution in The Bronx

Health officials say air pollution is causing serious health problems for Bronx residents. The Environmental Protection Agency is now taking steps to reduce the pollution.

The EPA is handing out a $136,000 grant to cut back on diesel pollution. The money was awarded to the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) and the New York City Department of Sanitation.

The money will be used to equip 68 diesel garbage trucks with new emissions technology. The new technology will cut back on carbon monoxide, particulate matter and hydrocarbons, all things which are polluting air in the Bronx now.

The sanitation department says it will get started on the project right away. They expect to have the trucks fully equipped with the new technology by the end of the year.

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