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State Offers Millions in Diesel Exhaust Grants

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- In the effort for a healthier environment, the state is giving millions of dollars to people who drive diesels.  

The state is giving $2.5 million in grants to help drivers retrofit their exhaust systems to meet new sales standards.  

The filters will help reduce irritating particles and gases emitted by diesel exhaust that put people at risk for heart disease, circulatory problems and more.

"Diesel fine particles are the primary cancer causing agents in diesel exhaust and se we're very interested in getting that out of our air," said Rod Tinnemore with Ecology. 

Since the first round of these grants was handed out in 2002, the state has helped retrofit about 7,000 vehicles.