Louisville waste trucks going greener

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The city of Louisville has received funding to cut diesel emissions coming from its garbage trucks.

The project is getting $54,000 to retrofit two waste-hauling trucks with new technology.

The trash haulers will be fitted with diesel particulate filters and closed crankcase ventilation systems, which can reduce releases of particulate matter by nearly 90 percent. The particulate filter replaces the vehicle's muffler.

The money was awarded by the Kentucky Division of Air Quality and funded by the EPA. A statement from Gov. Steve Beshear's office says reducing emissions on waste-hauling trucks generates significant pollution savings since the trucks travel all over the city and make frequent stops.

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