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Chelsea gets $2M to help control diesel exhaust

chelsea Chelsea gets $2M to help control diesel exhaust

Chelsea is getting nearly $2 million in federal stimulus money to reduce pollution from diesel exhaust and improve public health.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday awarded more than $1.5 million to the New England Produce Market, one of the nation’s largest produce distribution centers, to provide electrical repowering units for stationary cold-storage trailers.

The project will save nearly 500,000 gallons of diesel fuel and almost 400,000 pounds of nitrogen oxide emissions per year, for an annual savings of $500,000 in energy costs.

A second grant of nearly $400,000 will go to retrofitting and upgrading diesel-burning vehicles owned by the city, as well as some businesses.

Officials say the measures will cut down on smog and improve public health.

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