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04/20/17 by Juanita Teschner

Diesel Reduction Funding Available

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of $11 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) funds to support projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation's existing fleet of older diesel engines.  Under this competition, between 20 and 80 awards are anticipated to be made to eligible applicants. Deadline for the proposals is June 20, 2017.

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10/02/16 by Juanita Teschner

2016 School Bus Rebate Program Now Accepting Applications

Editor’s Note: The EPA Clean Diesel News released this information September 29, 2016.

Need help paying for that new school bus or upgrade? EPA is offering an opportunity to receive up to $25,000 per vehicle to replace your older school buses, and up to $6,000 per vehicle for retrofits. Older school buses without retrofits emit significant amounts of harmful exhaust, so participating in this program will help improve the health of students and other members of your community.

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08/11/16 by Juanita Teschner

EPA Grants Award Process Webinar

EDITOR’S NOTE:  The EPA Clean Diesel News released this information on August 10.

An EPA Grants Award Process Webinar will be held from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 17.

The EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment will host the webinar on how to find and apply for grant opportunities; the EPA’s new grants.gov requirement; and the preparation of proper budget detail. Officials will hold a Q&A session during the second half of the webinar.

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03/27/16 by Juanita Teschner

EPA Awards 642 Clean Diesel Grants Totaling $570 Million

EDITOR’S NOTE: This information was released through the EPA Clean Diesel News on March 24, 2016.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the third Report to Congress, highlighting results of projects funded by the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA).  EPA has awarded 642 clean diesel grants for a total of $570 million that have replaced or retrofitted 73,000 vehicles.  Eighty-one percent of these projects have taken place in areas with air quality challenges.  These DERA grants have reduced 335,200 tons of nitrogen oxides, 14,700 tons of particulate matter, 4.8 million tons of carbon dioxide, and have saved 450 million gallons of fuel.  EPA estimates that clean diesel funding generates up to $13 in public health benefits for every $1 spent on diesel projects. 

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03/06/16 by Juanita Teschner

EPA to Host Webinars

EDITOR’S NOTE: The EPA Clean Diesel News released this announcement on March 3, 2016. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host two informational sessions for the fiscal year 2016 Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA).  

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