In the last three months, 59 truck owners working the Port of Seattle have turned in their older polluting diesel trucks for a $5,000 scrap credit.
About 85 percent of the trucks have been or are being replaced with a newer truck, according to Kathy Boucher, Cascade Sierra Solutions branch manager in Seattle. Older trucks create as much as 100 times more air pollution than modern trucks.
As of Dec. 31, 2010, no pre-1994 engine trucks will be allowed access to the port. The Seaport Truck Scrappage and Retrofits for Air in Puget Sound (ScRAPS) program offers an incentive to remove pre-1994 engine trucks from service early and replace them with late-model trucks.
ScRAPS is administered by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and receives funding through the Washington Department of Ecology, the Port of Seattle, the City of Tacoma, and the PSCAA. Cascade Sierra Solutions is coordinating the truck scrapping from its Green Truck Center in Seattle.
The ScRAPS program was created in support of the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy for the region.
To find out more about the scrap incentive, contact Cascade Sierra Solutions at (866) 345-3390, extension 234.