The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to carry out projects which reduce emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines.
In fact, the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant funding will award around $46 million to eligible applicants.
Under this competition, EPA anticipates awarding between 40 and 70 assistance agreements.
“The DERA program continues to provide much needed assistance to agencies and ports to improve poor air quality in communities across America. Over the last three years, EPA has provided nearly $300 million in grants and rebates to modernize diesel fleets with cleaner heavy-duty trucks and equipment”.
…said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
As explained, diesel-powered engines move most of the nation’s freight tonnage, while currently nearly all highway freight trucks, locomotives, and commercial marine vessels are powered by diesel engines.
In light of the above, EPA asks for applications worldwide, for projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions and exposure, especially from fleets operating at goods movements facilities in areas 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”.
What is more, eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies, or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality.
Concluding, nonprofit organizations may apply if they provide pollution reduction or educational services to diesel fleet owners or promote air quality and clean transportation. Applicants may apply until March 16, 2021.