Tuesday, January 22, 2019

DEP Accepting Grant Applications To Replace, Repower Or Retrofit Fleet Diesel Trucks, Buses, Other Vehicles

On January 22, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it is now accepting grant applications under the PA State Clean Diesel Grant Program to replace, repower, or retrofit fleet diesel-powered trucks, buses, and other vehicles and equipment through the Driving PA Forward Program.
The deadline for applications is February 28.
More than $2.6 million will be available due to the 2018 settlement with Volkswagen, relating to emissions cheating.
“Reducing emissions from diesel engines is an important tool for improving the air we breathe,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Whether it is a school district upgrading their school bus fleet or a private company repowering their delivery trucks, projects under the Clean Diesel Grant Program lead to cleaner air and lower emissions.”
Mobile source emissions in Pennsylvania from sources like diesel engines account for nearly half of nitrogen oxide pollution, which can lead to ground-level ozone formation and poor air quality. Children and elderly residents are especially susceptible to health impacts such as asthma from poor air quality.
Grants are available for both public and private entities, including school districts, local governments, and nonprofit organizations.
Feb. 4 Webinar
A webinar on the PA State Clean Diesel Grant Program will be held on February 4 starting at 10:00.  Click Here to register.
The application package, including guidance and application instructions, is available electronically on DEP's Driving PA Forward webpage or by contacting the Bureau of Air Quality by sending email to: ra-epvwmitigation@pa.gov or by calling 717-787-9495.
DEP will accept online applications only.
For more information on the program generally, visit the Driving PA Forward Program webpage.
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