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Excavating Companies are Going Green in Denton County

Release Date: 03/31/2008
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Tressa Tillman at 214-665-2200 or

(Dallas, Texas – March 31, 2008) Excavating companies in Denton County are going green by upgrading their fleets to cleaner, more efficient diesel engines thanks to the Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP). TERP is providing an affordable way for businesses to replace older diesel equipment that they could not otherwise afford to upgrade.

A and M Excavating, based in Lewisville, received nearly $45,000 to replace four aging dump trucks, and H & S Excavating of Carrollton received more than $67,000 to replace six aging dump trucks. By modernizing their fleets, not only are these companies becoming more competitive, they are also preventing a combined total of 63 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from polluting the air. “It’s a way for them to keep some green in their pockets as well,” said Leslie Rauscher, EPA Project Manager.

Businesses interested in greening up their fleets still have time to apply for TERP grants. The application deadline is April 11, 2008. Individual application assistance is available at Community Help Desks in Arlington, Dallas, Denton and Fort Worth until April 10 to help last minute applicants with questions. For information visit or for immediate assistance call (800) 919-8377.

The TERP serves as a national model for replacing and retrofitting older diesel engines and is managed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports local efforts to encourage participation in TERP as a way to improve air quality in the Dallas-
Fort Worth area.

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