EPA giving away money to reduce diesel emissions
April 20, 2017
• Preference given to fleets in areas with poor air quality
• “Proving that good environmental policy can go hand in hand with good business”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it wants to help pay the cost of retrofitting or replacing diesel vehicles with cleaner, more efficient diesel engines.
EPA anticipates awarding at least $11 million in its “Diesel Emission Reduction Program” grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds.
Diesel-powered engines move approximately 90 percent of the nation’s freight tonnage, and nearly all highway freight trucks, locomotives, and commercial marine vessels are powered by diesel engines.
EPA is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions and exposure. The agency encourages applications from fleets in areas designated as having poor air quality. Priority will be given to projects that engage local communities and applicants that demonstrate their ability to continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended.
The Diesel Emission Reduction Program “is a bipartisan program to help fleet companies improve regional air quality, proving that good environmental policy can go hand in hand with good business," says Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality.
Eligible applicants include regional, state, local and tribal agencies, and port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Nonprofit organizations may apply if they provide pollution reduction or educational services to diesel fleet owners, or if their principal purpose is promoting transportation or air quality. The application deadline is June 20.
EPA anticipates awarding between 20 and 80 assistance agreements. Applicants must request funding from their EPA regional office. The maximum grant funding for individual applications varies by region. EPA anticipates releasing a separate RFP for Tribal applicants during 2017.