Drury gets grant for diesel emissions project

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri university has received a grant of more than $88,000 to oversee and field projects to reduce diesel emissions in 15 counties.

Drury University in Springfield says the grant to its Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions comes from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The state agency received funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct diesel reduction projects throughout Missouri.

Drury will administer the funding of a two-pronged approach. An initial set of grants will help owners of public and private diesel fleets replace old vehicles with newer, cleaner ones. A second round of funding will create a program to reduce diesel emissions from existing fleets.

Drury will conduct the projects in Cedar, Polk, Dallas, Barton, Dade, Greene, Webster, Christian, Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Lawrence, Barry, Stone, and Taney counties.

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