Regional Air Quality Grants from Volkswagen Settlement

Governor DeWine and the Ohio EPA recently announced $13 million in grants to Improve air quality. This information was shared by the Ohio EPA in December. In northwest Ohio, several counties and agencies will replace older diesel machines with cleaner diesel or electric or propane engines.

Midwest Terminals of Toledo, Lucas County, $1.142 million for 75 percent of the cost to replace a model year 1956 diesel-powered freight switcher locomotive with a 2019 electric freight switcher locomotive.
Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority, Lucas County, $361,807 for 75 percent of the cost to replace two model year 2008 and 2009 diesel-powered transit buses with two model year 2019 electric-powered buses.
Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, eight counties (including, Erie, Portage, and Sandusky): $375,000 for 11 percent of the cost to replace 15 model year 2009 diesel-powered trucks with 15 model year 2020 diesel-powered trucks.
Ottawa County Transit Board, Erie, Ottawa and Sandusky counties: $83,877 for 65 percent of the cost to replace one model year 2009 diesel-powered transit bus with one model year 2019 propane-powered bus.
  Sandusky County Engineers Office, Sandusky County, $73,819 including $20,569 for 25 percent of the cost to replace one Class 4-7 diesel-powered truck with one Class 4-7 diesel-powered truck, and $53,250 for 25 percent of the cost to replace two model year 2007 diesel-powered trucks with two model year 2021 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks.
Estes Express Lines, 19 counties (including, Erie, Lucas, Ottawa, Portage, and Sandusky): $447,975 for 25 percent of the cost to replace model year 2004-2006 diesel-powered trucks with model year 2020 diesel-powered trucks.

The grants are funded from dollars allocated to Ohio from the settlement of an enforcement action taken against Volkswagen and its affiliated companies by U.S. EPA and the state of California for violations under the Clean Air Act. The grant program is investing $75 million over 10 years to reduce nitrogen oxide pollution in Ohio. Selection considerations were given for specifically targeted reduction categories and to vehicle replacement projects that would produce the largest reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions for the grant dollars invested.

"These funds allow Ohio EPA to address large emission sources like locomotives, tugboats, and diesel cargo handling equipment," said Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson. Ohio EPA estimates this year's grants will remove 49.8 tons of nitrogen oxide and 23.3 tons of other air pollutants annually.

The organizations and businesses receiving grants were selected by a committee of Ohio EPA and ODOT representatives. The next opportunity to submit grant applications online is June 1-Aug. 7, 2020.

Ohio EPA has posted a copy the state's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for spending these funds on the Agency's VW program webpage.

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