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Auburn, Calif.- The Placer County Air Pollution Control District today announced that it is awarding APPROXIMATELY $1.6 million in 2009 Clean Air Grant funds to 22 projects that will reduce air pollution in Placer County.

‘The Clean Air Grant program directly supports our primary goal of improving Placer County’s air quality,’ said Tom Christofk, Placer County Air Pollution Control Officer.  ‘It’s important that we support the types of innovative, on-the-ground projects receiving funding this year, which collectively are expected to remove 187 tons of harmful emissions in the county.’ 

The 2009 grants were approved by the Placer County Air Pollution Control District Board of Directors at its April 9 meeting.  Among the projects funded this year are: 

Heavy duty engine repower for Rio Bravo in Lincoln.

Placer County biomass programs which collect forest waste and then transport it to biomass plants to be burned as energy instead of being burned in the open.

Modernization of backhoe equipment for Todd Heldt Excavating, Inc. in Granite Bay. An intermodal station which will support alternative modes of transportation in the Tahoe City area. 

In all, the District received applications seeking nearly $8.6 million to fund 56 individual projects. 

Other partially funded projects include off road equipment modernizations, a B20 fueling station, school bus replacements, and public education programs.

The purpose of the Clean Air Grant program is to achieve air pollutant reductions primarily from mobile sources that are not already regulated by air quality laws. 

The next Clean Air Grant open application period will run from January through February of 2010.

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