5 September 2006

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Rocky Mountain Clean Diesel Collaborative announced new funding opportunities for diesel retrofit projects in the Rocky Mountain Region 8 states including Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado. The grant funds are targeted for projects that reduce pollution from school buses, over the road trucking, construction equipment and vehicles, and many other heavy duty diesel engines and vehicles.

The grants continue EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign and Clean School Bus USA programs that have provided millions of dollars to clean up diesel engines and reduce pollution. Detailed application information and the full grant solicitation can be found at the EPA Region 8’s website. The closing date for applications is November 30, 2006.

Available funds include $415,000 for school bus projects and $100,000 for a variety of other diesel sectors other than school buses. The funds can be used to purchase retrofit devices such as diesel oxidation catalysts, particulate filters, alternative fuels or additives and other EPA verified technologies, or to assist in the replacement of old high polluting buses, engines and trucks with new, cleaner models.

Source: US EPA