April 2008

Texas’ TERP awards over $1.7 million to clean the air

Texas has awarded over $1.7 million in rebates to eight North Texas-based companies to replace 19 aging diesel vehicles under the Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP). By upgrading to newer, less polluting vehicles these companies will prevent a combined total of 179 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from polluting North Texas skies.

“By participating in TERP these companies are helping us to achieve our goal of replacing 4,500 older diesel engines,” said Leslie Rauscher, EPA project manager.

“The $30 million allocated to the rebate grants under this funding cycle has been awarded, but there is still time to apply for the Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG) with $110 million to award. The application deadline is April 11, 2008. Individual application assistance is available at local TERP Community Help Desks.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and a host of other North Texas partners to upgrade or replace older trucks and equipment as a way to improve air quality in the nine county area. The Texas Emissions Reduction Program, approved by the Texas Legislature, serves as a national model for replacing and retrofitting older diesel engines.

The top eight rebate recipients:

  • Glynn Dodson, Inc. - $330,785
  • Martinek Trucking - $321,000
  • Denton Brothers Trucking - $248,000
  • J.D. Jacobs, Jr. - $218,000
  • Chris Strickland - $217,000
  • David Copeland Sand & Gravel,
  • Inc. - $148,000
  • Arturo Alaniz - $117,000
  • Fidelia Garza - $116,000