The Placer County Air Pollution Control District is awarding more than $1.6 million in 2008 Clean Air Grants to 28 projects that will reduce air pollution in Placer County. “The Clean Air Grants program directly supports our primary goal of improving Placer County’s air quality,” said Tom Christofk, Placer County air pollution control officer. “It’s important that we support the types of innovative, on-the-ground projects receiving funding this year, which collectively are expected to remove 169 tons of harmful emissions in the county.” The 2008 grants were approved by the Placer County Air Pollution Control District board of directors at its April 10 board meeting. Among the 28 projects funded this year, Sierra Pacific Industries in Lincoln was awarded $553,955 for modifications to deck-log and log-loading equipment. The city of Lincoln was awarded $27,000 for fire truck modernization. Far West Rentals was awarded $40,000 for dump truck modernization. In all, the district received applications seeking nearly $5.3 million to fund 59 individual projects. Funded projects include heavy-duty vehicle and fire truck modernizations, diesel exhaust retrofits, hydrogen fuel cell retrofits, alternative transit programs, video teleconferencing and upgrades to a compressed natural gas fueling station. The purpose of the Clean Air Grant program is to achieve air-pollutant reductions primarily from mobile sources that are not already regulated by air quality laws. The Clean Air Grant program is made possible due to local Department of Motor Vehicle registration fees and land-use mitigation fees. The district rolls a large portion of these fees back into Placer County communities through the annual Clean Air Grant program as part of its work to proactively improve air quality. The next Clean Air Grant open application period will run from January through March 2009. For more information, go online at www.placer.ca.gov/apcd.