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|Leonardo Academy uses Clean Diesel Projects to Promote Sustainable Agriculture|
(Madison, WI, July 23, 2012) – Leonardo Academy, through a grant provided by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, is facilitating efforts to reduce emissions among eleven central Wisconsin cranberry farmers. The project will help offset the cost of repowering twenty diesel irrigation pumps to achieve better fuel efficiency and help improve air quality. Funds have been awarded to Twin Lake Cranberry, Elm Lake Cranberry Co., Perry Creek Cranberry Corporation, Owen Rock Cranberries, Cranberry Creek Cranberries, Inc., Dandy Creek Cranberries, LLC, JDH Cranberries, LLC, Wisconsin River Cranberry, Lester Cranberry, Whittlesey Cranberry and Fanning Cranberry. Over the lifetime of the 20 engines it is estimated that 13.5 tons of nitrogen oxides, 1.5 tons of particulate matter and 425 tons of carbon dioxide will be reduced.
Today it is estimated that there are between 9,000 and 11,000 stationary diesel agricultural engines operating throughout central Wisconsin. Like many older diesel engines, Wisconsin’s in-use stationary diesel agricultural engines emit particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) that have the potential to cause adverse health effects to operators and people in neighboring communities.
Leonardo Academy is working with Roberts Irrigation of Plover, Wisconsin to ensure the proper installation of the new engines. According to Paul Roberts, President of Roberts Irrigation, “We believe that this project will be a vital step in encouraging other farming communities throughout the Midwest to explore opportunities to reduce emissions and achieve better fuel efficiency from their diesel engines.”
Michael Arny, President of Leonardo Academy, added, “Leonardo Academy is dedicated to developing sustainability strategies for people, companies and organizations that engage progress in environmental and social equity achievements in driving economic success. Part of Leonardo Academy’s goal in advocating the EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign is to improve air quality by reducing emissions from all types of diesel-fueled engines throughout Wisconsin. We looked forward to the continued success of this program.”
About the EPA’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program
Under the Recovery Act funding for the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, EPA awarded agreements totaling $50 million for projects that demonstrated the ability to be commenced expeditiously, reduce diesel emissions, and maximize job creation and/or preservation and economic recovery through a variety of diesel emission reduction strategies. Specific information on these funded projects can be found at: epa.gov/cleandiesel/projects/.
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