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EPA Seeking Diesel Emission Reductions in Four Midwest States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Midwest Region (Region 7) will accept diesel emissions reduction proposals requesting up to $1.5 million from eligible applicants in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $44 million across the country in Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant program funding to eligible applicants.

DERA funding implements projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. Diesel-powered engines move approximately 90% of the nation’s freight tonnage, and today nearly all highway freight trucks, locomotives, and commercial marine vessels are powered by diesel engines.

EPA is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions and exposure, especially from fleets operating at goods movements facilities in areas designated as having poor air quality. Those applicants in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska can contact Greg Crable, Region 7 air program, at 913-551-7391 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applicants may apply until Feb. 26, 2020.

Applicants may request funding to upgrade or replace diesel-powered buses, trucks, marine engines, locomotives and non-road equipment with newer, cleaner technologies. Priority for funding will also be given to projects that engage and benefit local communities and applicants that demonstrate their ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended.