South Shore Clean Cities, BP's Whiting Refinery and a host of environmental groups are partnering to provide grants aimed at improving air quality in Lake County.
A total of $450,000 in Cleaner Air Through Diesel Emissions Reductions grants will be available to support projects by Lake County municipalities, schools and not-for-profit hospitals.
Sierra Club, Save the Dunes, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Hoosier Environmental Council, the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the Environmental Integrity Project and two private citizens are partnering with BP's Whiting Refinery and South Shore Clean Cities for the program.
South Shore Clean Cities is using a two-phase approach to administering the grant, starting with an informational meeting at 9 a.m. May 23 at the Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive in Hammond.
The meeting is intended to identify projects and potential applicants to maximize diesel emission reductions and associated health benefits.
Phase II is set to begin in July with the release of requests for proposals. Award announcements are expected in the fall.
More information is available by calling South Shore Clean Cities at (219) 644-3690.