Guam To Receive Funds From EPA For DERA Program

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The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration is expected to receive $500,000 from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero comments, “This latest investment will help us achieve significant reductions in emissions, building on our commitment to creating a healthier Guam.”

The award is part of the Diesel Emissions Reduction, or DERA, program, which aims to create local projects that reduce pollution and advance environmental justice.

Furthermore, according to the USEPA, “The DERA Program funds grants and rebates that protect human health and improve air quality by reducing harmful emissions from diesel engines.”

The Governor states, “Older diesel engines emit harmful air pollutants linked to serious health problems including asthma, lung and heart disease, and other respiratory ailments.”

Accordingly, half of the award will go to the Port Authority of Guam and the other half will go to the Guam Power Authority to upgrade diesel engines and reduce emissions.