The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced over two million dollars in grants available through the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) to businesses and municipalities on the West Coast and in the Pacific Island Territories. The grants, designed to help reduce the amount of diesel emissions released into the environment by heavy construction equipment and large vehicles such as buses and tractor trailers, will be administered through the West Coast Collaborative and the EPA.
The funds will be used to clean up ninety three heavy- and medium-duty diesel engines, and reduce nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and carbon dioxide. By helping to promote clean diesel technology, the emissions reductions will help to improve environmental conditions in communities where older diesel engines can be found. The project is also expected to bring about public health benefits as well.
Some of the West Coast Collaborative projects for the prior year were:
- California Air Resources Board: to retrofit diesel school buses.
- Pima Association of Governments: replaced diesel school buses with natural gas buses.
- Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management: replaced diesel garage trucks with renewable natural gas generated from food waste.
- South Coast Air Quality Management: replaced older school buses with fully electric powered buses.
- Port of Oakland: repowered diesel rubber tire cranes with Hybrid Electric Power.
- Arizona’s Office of Energy Policy: repowered old construction equipment with Tier 3 engines.
- Puget Sound Clean Air: replaced diesel trucks with liquefied natural gas.
WastCare Wants You to Remember: Is your business or municipal leadership staying aware of funding opportunities available through the EPA? Connecting with your regional office, or following the national agency’s news releases, can help to prepare you to take advantage of these grant programs when they arise!