WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability on Dec. 10 of grant funding to implement projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. The EPA anticipates awarding approximately $44 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants.
The EPA is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions and exposure, especially from fleets that operate at goods movements facilities in areas that are designated as having poor air quality.
Applicants may request funding to upgrade or replace diesel-powered buses, trucks, marine engines, locomotives and nonroad equipment, with newer, cleaner technologies.
Priority for funding will also be given to projects that engage and benefit local communities and applicants that demonstrate their ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended.
The EPA anticipates releasing a separate Tribal DERA grant funding opportunity in early 2020.
“Modernizing our nation’s aging fleet of diesel-powered vehicles is an important part of the Trump Administration’s plan to further reduce harmful emissions and guide counties and States from nonattainment, into attainment,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Our hope is that through these upgrades and ongoing efforts, communities will continue to see improved health outcomes for their residents, ensuring all Americans breathe cleaner air.”
Since the first year of the DERA program in 2008, the EPA has competitively awarded over 790 grants and 420 rebates nationwide. Many of these projects funded cleaner diesel engines that operate in economically disadvantaged communities whose residents suffer from higher-than-average instances of asthma, heart and lung disease.
Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies, or 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 have as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality. Applicants may apply until Feb. 26, 2020.
Under this competition, the EPA anticipates awarding between 40 and 60 assistance agreements. Applicants must request funding from the EPA regional office that covers the geographic project location. The maximum amount of federal funding that may be requested per application varies by EPA Region.
Grant Funds Per Region
- Region 1 (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) will accept proposals requesting up to $1,000,000 in grant funds.
- Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands) will accept proposals requesting up to $2,500,000 in grant funds.
- Region 3 (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia) will accept proposals requesting up to $2,500,000 in grant funds.
- Region 4 (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee) will accept proposals requesting up to $2,000,000 in grant funds.
- Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin) will accept proposals requesting up to $3,000,000 in grant funds.
- Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) will accept proposals requesting up to $2,500,000 in grant funds.
- Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska) will accept proposals requesting up to $1,500,000 in grant funds.
- Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) will accept proposals requesting up to $2,600,000 in grant funds.
- Region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands) will accept proposals requesting up to $4,000,000 in grant funds.
- Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington) will accept proposals requesting up to $1,000,000 in grant funds.
For more information and to access the Request for Applications, visit: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants
For more information on the National Clean Diesel campaign, visit: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel
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