Thursday, May 10, 2018

AP: DEP Announces Driving PA Forward Grant/Rebate Program To Replace Older Diesel Engines, Cut Nitrogen Oxide Emissions By 27,700 Tons

The Associated Press reported Thursday morning the Wolf Administration will be announcing a new Driving PA Forward Grant/Rebate Program to replace older, polluting diesel engines with new technologies DEP estimates will cut nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 27,700 tons.
The AP said 8 grant and rebate programs will operate over the next 5 years with up to $39 million available the first year.
The programs will target local freight truck or transit busses, larger trucks, school or shuttle busses, forklift, airport ground support equipment or port cargo handling equipment, ferry, tug or frieght switching equipment, clean diesel technology, electric fast charging or hydrogen fuel cell equipment, light duty electric vehicle charging equipment and ocean going vessel shore power.
Through a settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, and Volkswagen, roughly $118 million has been set aside for projects in Pennsylvania that reduce vehicle emissions which contribute to the creation of smog, ground level ozone, and acid rain.
In 2017, DEP solicited feedback from the public regarding the allocation of the uses of the funds as proscribed by the settlement.
More information will be released at 2:00 p.m. today.
Last year, the Senate and House transferred $30.4 million from a separate settlement with Volkswagen for the same violations by Attorney General Shapiro to the General Fund to help balance the budget.
Senate Bill 722 (Bartolotta-R-Washington) was also introduced last year to provide for the distribution of the $118 million settlement funds DEP will be announcing.
Visit DEP’s Driving PA Forward Grant/Rebate Program webpage for available details.   Click Here for the full, written Driving PA Forward Plan.
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