$250K to GPA and Seaport for Initiatives Improving Air Quality, Protecting Health
Hagåtña, Guam – The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration is expected to receive $500,000 in grant funding awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the Diesel Emissions Reduction (DERA) program, for local projects that reduce pollution and advance environmental justice. The award includes $250,000 to the Port Authority of Guam (PAG) and $250,000 to the Guam Power Authority (GPA) to upgrade diesel engines and reduce emissions.
“We welcome this funding as an opportunity to strengthen our ability to protect the health of our community and improve our island’s air quality,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “Older diesel engines emit harmful air pollutants linked to serious health problems including asthma, lung and heart disease, and other respiratory ailments. This latest investment will help us achieve significant reductions in emissions, building on our commitment to creating a healthier Guam.”
“Through this funding, GPA will revitalize its vehicle fleet and the seaport will enhance its cargo handling equipment to take us another step forward in fostering green growth for Guam,” said Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio. “We continue to make important progress in environmental preservation and stewardship by investing in the sustainability of our island’s infrastructure. ”