Recovery Act Funding for Louisiana
Clean Diesel Grant Program
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009, signed into law on February 17, 2009, provides $300 million in funding for the reduction of diesel emissions in support of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Program (DERA) in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The DERA program provides funding and financial incentives for verified and emerging “clean diesel” technologies such as retrofits, repowers, idle reduction, cleaner fuels, and equipment replacements. The Recovery Act funding of the DERA programs seeks to maximize public health benefits, maximize diesel emissions reductions, create and sustain jobs, increase engine efficiency, and improve air quality in highly air polluted and non-attainment areas.
The Recovery Act DERA funding will be available to states, local, tribal, ports, and nonprofit organizations. For profit organizations may be funded only through partnerships with eligible organizations. Eligible diesel fleets and equipment include public transportation fleets, public works trucks and construction equipment, marine, locomotive, and non-road cargo equipment. The Recovery Act funding of the DERA program will be distributed in the following manner:
Deadlines for Clean Diesel Questions - EPA Funding Opportunities
This Friday, April 17, is the last day to submit questions to EPA regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Requests for Applications for Clean Diesel projects. This applies to all three RFAs currently open at the FEDERAL level. All questions submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org will be answered and published on the Recovery Act website, http://epa.gov/otaq/eparecovery/, on April 22, 2009.
To ensure that all information is made equally available to all potential applicants, during open competition, EPA staff may not answer individual questions regarding the Requests for Applications. EPA will only accept questions in writing to the EPA Clean Diesel mailbox at: email@example.com.
Answers to many questions are currently available. You are strongly advised to read through the Frequently Asked Questions that are posted at http://epa.gov/otaq/eparecovery/ to see the information included.
NOTE: EPA has received many questions regarding problems with the Diesel Emissions Quantifier (DEQ). Currently, they have noticed that the DEQ tends to malfunction when many users are logged on at once. They advise everyone to plan ahead as traffic will be high around the close of the RFAs and to try using the DEQ during off-peak hours (early morning or late evening, depending on your time zone, and possibly weekends).
Louisiana Clean Diesel Grant Program
LDEQ will receive the ARRA DERA funding allocation on or before April 17, 2009. LDEQ anticipates it will solicit projects within 30 days of the funding allocation. LDEQ anticipates that projects will be received, evaluated, and awarded before the end of 2009. All funded projects for the Recovery Act Funding for the Louisiana Clean Diesel Grant Program must be completed by September 30, 2010.
The LDEQ will award competitive grants from the Recovery Act Funding for Louisiana Clean Diesel Grant Program to eligible organizations for projects that maximize the benefits to public health, create and/or sustain existing jobs, and reduce diesel emissions in Louisiana. Awarded grants will achieve diesel emissions reductions by retrofitting, upgrading, replacement, or reduced idling from on-road and off-road diesel engines and equipment. All projects shall use EPA or California Air Resource Board (CARB) Verified Technologies.
Projects funding for diesel emissions reduction grants from eligible diesel equipment and verified reduction technologies will be consistent with the Program’s priorities in achieving the goals listed below:
· Public and non-profit organization.
· Maximize public health benefits.
· Are the most cost-effective.
· Create and/or sustain Louisiana jobs
· Serve areas with the highest population densities or are in poor air quality areas such as ozone non-attainment and maintenance areas.
· Serve areas with a high concentration of air pollution from diesel engine fleets, including high traffic corridors, ports, rail yards, truck stops, and distribution centers.
· Maximize the useful life of any certified engine configuration or verified technology.
· Conserve diesel fuels or use ultra low sulfur diesel (15 ppm of sulfur content) in off-road diesel engines.
The LDEQ will ensure that, per the Recovery Act, grant activities preserve and/or create jobs and promote economic recovery. The LDEQ will also commence expenditures and activities as quickly as possible consistent with prudent management when implementing this grant and/or loan program.
The LDEQ Program understands that all proposals must support Goal 1 of EPA’s 2006-2011 Strategic Plan, Clean Air and Global Climate Change; Objective 1.1: Healthier Outdoor Air, which states, “Through 2011…[EPA will]…protect human health and the environment by attaining and maintaining health-based air-quality standards and reducing the risk from toxic air pollutants.”
Eligible Diesel Fleets, Diesel Equipment, and Activities
· School Buses and Public Transportation Buses
· Heavy and Medium duty diesel engine trucks
· Locomotive and Marine diesel engines
· Off-road construction equipment
· Cargo Handling, Mining, and Energy Production
The diesel emission reduction technologies options in the Louisiana Program shall be EPA or CARB verified. These include retrofit and idling reduction technologies, engine upgrades, engine replacement, equipment replacement, and cleaner fuel use. The LDEQ will fund 100% for retrofits (exhaust controls), 100% for idle reduction, 100% for engine upgrade, 50% for engine replacement, and 25% for new vehicles.
For any questions and/or additional information on the Recovery Act Funding for the Louisiana Clean Diesel Grant Program, please contact:
Gilberto Cuadra, Environmental Scientist
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 4314
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4314
Phone (225) 219-3507
Fax (225) 219-3240