DALLAS – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of grant funding to implement projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines.
EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds.
Applicants in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas can apply for up to $2.5 million in funds.
Diesel-powered engines move approximately 90 percent of the nation’s freight tonnage, and today nearly all highway freight trucks, locomotives, and commercial marine vessels are powered by diesel engines.
EPA is soliciting applications nationwide 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.
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.
EPA anticipates releasing a separate Tribal Clean Diesel funding opportunity in late 2019.