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Programs and Policies of the Office of Air and Radiation

Targeted Airshed Grant Recipients

On May 2, 2018, EPA awarded nine Targeted Airshed Grants from $3-4 million each to projects in Alaska, California and Utah. Authorized and funded by Congress through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, Targeted Airshed Grants support local clean air projects in areas facing the highest levels of ground-level ozone and particulate matter, commonly known as smog and soot. 

Summary of the Selected Targeted Airshed Applications
 

Region 8

Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Project Title: “Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicle Replacements - Logan, UT”
Federal funding: $3,184,875
Non-attainment areas: Logan, UT-ID (24-hr PM2.5)
Project summary: Provide rebates to replace 1999-2006 model-year diesel trucks with cleaner ones. Retiring medium- and heavy- duty diesel trucks and replacing them with trucks that meet the most stringent emissions standards.

Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Project Title: “Provo UT Wood-burning Appliance Changeout Project”
Federal funding: $3,184,875
Non-attainment areas: Provo, UT (24-hour PM2.5)

Project Title: “Salt Lake City UT, Wood-burning Appliance Changeout Project”
Federal funding: $3,184,875
Non-attainment areas: Salt Lake City, UT (24-hour PM2.5)

Project Title: “Logan UT, Wood-burning Appliance Changeout Project”
Federal funding: $3,184,875
Non-attainment areas: Logan, UT-ID (24-hour PM2.5)

Project summary: Each project will reduce residential wood smoke emissions by changing out uncontrolled wood burning appliances with either gas or propane heating appliances; replacing uncertified wood stoves/inserts with EPA-certified wood-burning units; and destroying/recycling uncertified wood-stoves/inserts.

Region 9

South Coast Air Quality Management District
Project Title:"Ultra Low-NOx School Bus Replacements”
Federal funding: $3,184,875
Non-attainment areas: Los Angeles South Coast Air Basin (8-hour ozone and annual PM2.5)
Project summary: Replace pre-1994 diesel Los Angeles Unified School District school buses with ultra-low NOx CNG buses. 

South Coast Air Quality Management District
Project Title: “Zero-Emission Airport Shuttle Bus Replacement”
Federal funding: $3,184,875
Non-attainment areas:  Los Angeles South Coast Air Basin (8-hour ozone and PM2.5); West Mojave (8-hour ozone and annual PM2.5); Coachella Valley (8-hour ozone)
Project summary: Replace diesel and gas airport shuttle buses with zero-emission battery-electric models manufactured in the South Coast.

San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
Project Title: “Ag Tractor Replacement Program”
Federal funding: $3,184,875 
Non-attainment areas: San Joaquin Valley (8-hour ozone annual and 24-hour PM2.5)
Project summary: Develop and implement a program to replace self-propelled Tier 0, Tier 1, or Tier 2 off-road diesel agricultural tractors with new tractors which meet the Tier 4 emission standard. The District requires that the old tractor and engine be permanently rendered inoperable by a dismantler that is under contract with the District to ensure that emissions reductions are realized.

San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
Project Title: “Heavy-Duty Diesel Truck Replacements”
Federal funding: $3,184,875
Non-attainment areas: San Joaquin Valley (8-hour ozone and annual and 24-hour PM2.5)
Project summary: Replace 2009 or older model year engine diesel trucks with 2017 model year or newer trucks equipped with an engine certified to the emission standard of 0.20g/bhp NOx and 0.01g/bhp-hr PM. Targeted trucks will reside within the District’s jurisdiction and drive at least 50 percent of their annual miles within District boundaries and at least 75 percent within the State of California to ensure emission reduction benefits are realized in the most affected areas.

Region 10

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Project Title: “Fairbanks, Alaska PM2.5 Nonattainment Area Change Out Program"
Federal funding: $4,000,000
Non-attainment areas: Fairbanks (24-hour PM2.5)
Project summary: This project will result in the replacement of wood-burning appliances to oil, electric, natural gas or propane appliances inside the PM2.5 nonattainment area, leading to ongoing PM2.5 emission reductions. The area has the highest recorded PM2.5 concentrations in the nation and at least 60 percent of the PM2.5 emissions in the area come from residential wood burning.