Recovery Funding for Clean Diesel Projects
Putting people to work to clean up our air
Reducing emissions from diesel engines is one of the most important air quality challenges facing our states. Even with new federal standards in place, millions of diesel engines already in use will continue to emit large amounts of nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and air toxics, which contribute to serious public health problems.
Diesel Emissions Reduction Program (DERA) and the Recovery Act
The Recovery Act includes $300 million to support clean diesel activities through the following two funding programs: the National Clean Diesel Campaign and the State Clean Diesel Campaign. Through the State Clean Diesel Grant program, approximately $6.9 million will be allocated directly to Region 7 states to implement grant and loan programs for clean diesel projects.
Funding Announcements and Useful Links
Competitive announcements for three National Clean Diesel Campaign Recovery Act funding opportunities were made March 18, 2009 (National Requests For Application):
- Recovery Act Funding for the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program
- Recovery Act Funding for the SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program
- Recovery Act Funding for the National Clean Diesel Emerging Technology Program
Recovery Act funding has an expedited competition schedule and applicants must comply with Recovery Act provisions. April 28, 2009, is the deadline for applications for the Clean Diesel Program competitive announcements (the Emerging Technology Program will be open until May 5, 2009).
The Blue Skyways Collaborative (BSC) - The Blue Skyways Collaborative is a public-private partnership that assists stakeholders in voluntarily reducing diesel emissions as well as other transportation and energy related emissions with the goal of cleaner air and improved quality of life. The collaborative area is comprised of the 10 states of Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas representing over 52 million people. In addition to the 10 states, stakeholders include the Central States Air Resources Agencies (CenSARA), federally recognized tribes, other federal agencies, local governments, private companies, non-profits and representatives of Canada and Mexico. Information about the Blue Skyways Collaborative can be found at http://www.blueskyways.org .
Recovery Act Clean Diesel Projects Where You Live
EPA will provide specific information about Clean Diesel Projects in Region 7 states. Keep checking back here to find out how the Recovery Act is helping your community to breathe cleaner air.