Rep. Calvert Pleased to Announce Southern California Recipient of Clean Air Grants

May 3, 2018
Press Release
Rep. Calvert, Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee which funded Targeted Air Shed Grants at $30 million in the FY2017 appropriations bill, was pleased to announce that the South Coast Air Quality Management District in California would be receiving funds for the following activities:
$3,184,875 to replace old diesel school buses in the LA Unified School District’s fleet. 
$3,184,875 to replace 36 diesel and gas airport shuttle buses with battery-electric models manufactured in the South Coast.
“Southern California has come a long way in improving air quality but our region continues to have the worst air quality in the nation, despite those improvements,” said Rep. Calvert.  “During my time in Congress, and especially as Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, I have fought to fund programs proven to improve air quality, including the Targeted Air Shed Grant program which focuses on non-attainment areas, and the Diesel Emissions Reduction Account Program, which removes the dirtiest engines from our roads.  I am proud to announce the two grants today and will continue to fight for cleaner air for our region, state and country.”
The Targeted Air Shed Grant Program assists local, state and/or tribal air pollution control agencies in developing plans, conducting demonstrations, and implementing projects to reduce air pollution in non-attainment areas that EPA determines are the top five most polluted areas relative to National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
Chairman Calvert included an increase of $10 million to the Targeted Air Shed Grant program in the FY2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act passed into law, which will distribute $40 million in grant funding for FY2018.