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MDEQ introduces new program for trucks

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ’s) Air Division announced a program yesterday to assist truck owners in purchasing and retrofitting heavy-duty trucks with auxiliary power units.

These auxiliary power units help reduce emissions from heavy duty vehicles by providing electrical power for the heating and cooling of cabs, which decreases the need to idle the vehicle.

MDEQ will pay 50 percent toward the purchase and installation of certified units on trucks up to a maximum of $4,000 per vehicle. The truck owners are responsible for the remainder of the costs. MDEQ will review applications and approve up to 75 statewide.

Applications for funding must be completed and returned to MDEQ by June 30, 2010. The list of approved installers are the Truck Center in Tupelo, Waters Truck and Tractor in Columbus and Kosciusko, Waters International Truck in Meridian, Hattiesburg and Natchez and Empire Truck Sales in Jackson, Meridian, Hattiesburg, Gulfport, Brookhaven and Columbus.

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