Workshop On Projects To Reduce Air Pollution

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Supervisor John Benoit announced today a bidders' workshop and office hours for people proposing local air pollution reduction projects.

The bidders' workshop is March 15 at 2 p.m. at the University of California, Riverside Palm Desert campus.

The workshop and office hours will be run by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The AQMD recently requested proposals for projects to reduce air pollution in the Coachella Valley.

The projects will be funded by $53 million in mitigation fees from the Sentinel Energy Project, a power plant under construction near Desert Hot Springs, according to Benoit's office.

Examples of potential emission reduction projects include school bus and heavy-duty truck retrofit or replacement, truck stop electrification, school air filtration systems, renewable-energy power products, and infrastructure improvements, such as paving dirt roads, developing parkways and installing electric vehicle charging or compressed natural gas fueling stations.

The workshops are meant to assist community groups and others in preparing proposals for consideration. Office hours are:

March 16, 2 to 8 p.m. and March 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Embassy Suites, 50-777 Santa Rosa Plaza, La Quinta

March 23, 2 to 8 p.m. and March 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 91-391 Avenue 66, Mecca

April 13, 2 to 8 p.m. at Desert Hot Springs Senior Center, 65-950 Pierson Blvd., Desert Hot Springs

May 18, 2 to 8 p.m. and May 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at UCR Palm Desert, 75- 080 Frank Sinatra Drive.


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