Applications for Clean Diesel Projects
The EPA is now accepting applications for projects that will reduce diesel emissions. The applications are due December 8, 2009. The EPA expects that 10-20 projects worth between $250,000 and $1.5 million will be funded in the Region 5 area (Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.)
Applications can be submitted by governmental agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Non-profit organizations including school districts are also eligible if they own or operate diesel fleets. The following types of fleets qualify for funding:
- Medium or heavy duty trucks
- Marine engines
- Non-road engines used in construction, cargo handling, and agriculture
At least half of the funds will be for public fleets like school buses or garbage trucks. Grant applicants can propose projects that retrofit existing engines with new technology, or reduce idling. Grants will need to specify verified technologies and will be funded at various levels. For example, grants will cover up to 100% of the cost for some aerodynamic and tire technology, or 50% of the cost of a replacement school bus.
More information can be found at the National Clean Diesel Campaign website. The Request for Proposals can be found here (pdf)