$50 million made available to clean up diesel engines
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced
the availability of almost $50 million in grant funding to establish
clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing
fleet of diesel engines.
The unprecedented sum, which was authorized by the Energy Policy Act
of 2005 and funded for the first time this fiscal year, will be administered
by EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) and its network of seven
collaboratives, made up of EPA regional offices and public and private
Diesels are the economic workhorses of the nation, and over the past
decade, EPA has set stringent new particulate and nitrogen oxide standards
for most types of new engines. The funding is aimed at reducing emissions
from the existing fleet of 11 million diesel engines that pre-date these
standards. Addressing the existing fleet is important because diesels
remain in use for decades.
State, local, regional and tribal governments can apply for the grants,
as well as non-profits and institutions with transportation, educational
services and air quality responsibilities.
The grants are targeting school or transit buses, medium and heavy-duty
trucks, marine engines, locomotives and nonroad engines. Grant recipients
can use a variety of cost-effective emission reduction strategies, such
as EPA-verified retrofit and idle-reduction technologies, EPA-certified
engine upgrades, vehicle or equipment replacements, cleaner fuels and
creation of innovative clean diesel financing programs.
Some EPA regional offices have already started issuing requests for grant
applications, called Requests for Proposals (RFPs), and, along with EPA
headquarters, will continue to roll them out throughout the spring.
NCDC uses a proactive, incentive-based approach to achieve environmental
results. More than 400,000 existing diesel engines have already been
retrofitted during the campaign’s first few years, cutting harmful emissions
by nearly 300,000 tons.
More information is available at www.epa.gov/cleandiesel.