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US EPA announces $46 million in 2021 DERA funding

18 January 2021

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to implement projects which reduce emissions from the existing fleet of older diesel engines. The EPA anticipates awarding approximately $46 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds. Under this competition, EPA anticipates awarding between 40 and 70 assistance agreements.

The 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. Applicants may request funding to upgrade or replace diesel-powered buses, trucks, marine engines, locomotives and nonroad 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.

Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies, or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Nonprofit organizations may apply if they provide pollution reduction or educational services to diesel fleet owners or promote air quality and clean transportation. Applicants must request funding from the EPA regional office which covers the geographic project location. Applications will be accepted until 16 March 2021.

Since the first year of the DERA program in 2008, the EPA has awarded more than 850 grants and 450 rebates across the United States. Over the last three years, the EPA has provided nearly $300 million in DERA grants and rebates.

Source: US EPA