The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will fund the University of Puerto Rico with $1.4 million (£1.1m) to reduce diesel emissions.
It says the funding will help the university to replace 15 old heavy-duty trucks and support its plans to develop seminars for diesel vehicle owners and the general public in Puerto Rico to raise awareness about the harmful environmental impacts of diesel emissions.
It is estimated that this grant will reduce particulate matter emissions by 3.2 tonnes and nitrogen oxide emissions by 43.3 tonnes for the lifetime of the new vehicles.
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