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Herbert launches Utah Clean Trucking Initiative

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert joined with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Utah Trucking Association to announce a plan to clean up Utah's air.

The Utah Clean Trucking Initiative will use nearly $600,000 in state and federal grants to help 15 trucking businesses install anti-idling technology in their trucks -- reducing emissions by 70 percent.

"The trucking industry is vital to our economy. Thanks to the partnership efforts we've been able to secure the funding and begin the process of retrofitting long-haul trucks that will result in not only more fuel-efficient vehicles but also improve our air quality," Herbert said.

The funding includes $352,941 from the Environmental Protection Agency's State Clean Diesel Grant Program and $235,294 from DEQ's Division of Air Quality.

The initiative is expected to also conserve nearly 900,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

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