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US EPA announces 2016 clean diesel funding

26 February 2016

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $26 million funding opportunity for the Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The Program is soliciting proposals for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions, particularly from fleets operating in poor air quality areas. The Request for Proposals (RFP) closes on April 26, 2016. The EPA expects to make awards in the fall.

Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified/certified emission control technologies such as exhaust controls, cleaner fuels, engine upgrades, idle reduction technologies, aerodynamic technologies, low rolling resistance tires, certified engine repowers, and/or vehicle or equipment replacement.

Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment may include buses, Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles, marine engines, locomotives and nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at a port or airport), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps).

Eligible entities include regional, state, or local agencies, tribal governments, port authorities, and nonprofit organizations or institutions.

The $26 million under this RFP is part of the overall $50 million allocated to the DERA (Diesel Emission Reduction Act) program for the financial year 2016. Last year, US clean diesel funding under the DERA program amounted to $30 million.

Source: US EPA