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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

GOVERNOR RENDELL SAYS PA SEEKING ADDITIONAL RECOVERY FUNDS TO UPGRADE DIESEL ENGINE TECHNOLOGY, KEEP EMPLOYEES WORKING

Rendell Asks Feds For $11 Million--Funds Will Retain 22 Jobs And Create 8

HARRISBURG – Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today that the commonwealth has applied for more than $11 million in grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for three innovative projects that will invest in businesses, keep Pennsylvanians working, and improve the state’s air quality.

“These projects are important to the communities they will serve, to the commonwealth’s economy and its environment,” said Governor Rendell. “Every day, there are hundreds of thousands of diesel engines that are used in Pennsylvania and, because many of those engines are old and inefficient, companies have considered shuttering them because they were simply too expensive to use. If companies had done that, the jobs that depend on those engines likely would have been gone.

“These projects offer a boost to our economy by ensuring that workers stay on the job operating or installing new equipment that will make the projects and operations viable and the companies more competitive.

“At the same time, many inefficient engines generate large amounts of air pollutants and fine particles that can adversely affect the health of our people and make it difficult for many to breathe,” said the Governor. “These three projects could help reduce those emissions and, in turn, improve the quality of life and health of our citizens.”

The competitive grant applications are for part of the $16 million that is available to the Mid-Atlantic region for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Clean Diesel Campaign. The ARRA made $156 million available for the campaign, which promotes projects that reduce emissions from diesel engines.

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking the grant funding for the following three projects:

• Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad Inc. is requesting $1.6 million to upgrade two high-emission diesel-electric switching engines at its Brookville, Jefferson County, repair facility that are more than 40 years old. Modifying these obsolete and low-tech engines will retain four workers who would have otherwise been furloughed;

• Norfolk Southern is requesting $7.5 million to re-power 10 locomotive engines that date back to before 1973 with larger, advanced technology engines that will be up to 38 percent more fuel efficient. The re-powered locomotives will be used for local or switcher duty throughout the state. The project would allow the company to continue employing the equivalent of 18 employees working 40 hours per week per year at its Juniata Locomotive Shop; and

• The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is seeking $2 million to supply electricity to 123 parking spaces at five turnpike travel plazas in Cumberland, Lehigh, Montgomery and Somerset counties. By equipping the spaces with electricity, long-haul truck drivers with heavy duty diesel engines will be able to power their cabs without idling their engines during mandated rest periods. The projects would create an estimated eight jobs for the installation of the equipment.

Securing support for these projects would be the latest in a series of actions taken by Governor Rendell to reduce diesel emissions. Last October, he signed the Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act, which restricts heavy-duty diesel vehicles from idling more than five minutes per hour. The commonwealth has also invested nearly $1 million to electrify truck stops to allow drivers to turn off their engines, reducing emissions and fuel consumption.

“The service plaza changeover alone has the potential to save truckers nearly half a million gallons of fuel annually,” said Governor Rendell. “In addition to the fuel savings and reduced emissions, this reduces the amount of money going to overseas producers of oil and keeps dollars at work right here in Pennsylvania.”

To learn more about how the federal economic stimulus will benefit Pennsylvania, visit www.recovery.pa.gov.

9 comments :

Anonymous said...

oh no rendell used the word create when talking about jobs might want want to talk to mr realistic before doing so!!!

Mr Realistic said...

Thje key behind the "creation" of jobs here is that they are actually showing justification and reasons yto "create" jobs....they aren't just spewing bull about creating jobs doing nothing for summer colege kids just for the sake of spending some money.

Mess with the bull and you get the horns!!!!!

Solomon's words for the wise said...

As these figures are over my head, I got out my calculator and that amounts to $336,000. per job created or retained. Good job Ed. What did you do with the 100% cut of funds for pandemic awareness programs?

Anonymous said...

Let's see--11 million $ for 22 jobs. And, yet, this area has lost how many jobs at Ethan Allen, Morga, GKN, and others and no one has offered any help for all these unemployed people!!!!

Anonymous said...

Let's see--11 million $ for 22 jobs. And, yet, this area has lost how many jobs at Ethan Allen, Morga, GKN, and others and no one has offered any help for all these unemployed people!!!!

Anonymous said...

or in your case mostly bulls--t !!!

Fiscal Conservative/Social Liberal said...

I think if you read the whole thing you will not that the money is not just for the jobs, but also for engines, upgrades, etc.

I suspect those jobs make considerably less than the estimates posted here considering the other parts of the budget.

And there's more good coming than just jobs.

I'm all about less spending, but I'm not going to jump the gun and make wild accusations that are not entirely founded either.

Anonymous said...

Well Rendell how do you think these truckers are going to stay warm in their sleepers at the plaza when it is sub zero temps outside if they can not let their trucks idle?

Think about that when you are sleeping in your warm bed this winter!

Once again a politician regulating something they do not even have a clue about, its called the real world!

Anonymous said...

"The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is seeking $2 million to supply electricity to 123 parking spaces at five turnpike travel plazas in Cumberland, Lehigh, Montgomery and Somerset counties. By equipping the spaces with electricity, long-haul truck drivers with heavy duty diesel engines will be able to power their cabs without idling their engines during mandated rest periods."
Is the money going to cover the electric used by these trucks?

Is the driver going to have to pay for the electric they use or will the company they drive for going to get a bill from the Comm. Of PA?

I am sure the energy used will not be free of charge!

Just another hand in the pocket of the truck drivers and trucking compaines in PA!