Advance Program for Ozone and PM2.5


The Advance Program is a collaborative effort between EPA, states, tribes, and local governments. The program encourages expeditious emission reductions in ozone attainment areas to help these areas continue to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone as well as particulate matter PM2.5.

The program goals include:

        1.Helping attainment areas reduce emissions in order to ensure continued health protection,

        2.Assisting areas to be in a better position to remain in attainment, and

       3.Efficiently directing  resources toward actions to address ozone or PM2.5 problems quickly.  


2013 DERA Awards

The Department of Environmental Quality is seeking readily available clean diesel project(s) to fund with the 2013 DERA state allocation. The Louisiana 2013 DERA allocation will be awarded to a project(s) that meets the program priorities and that can be successfully completed no later than August 31, 2014. In addition, if participant(s) are able to match the base funding amount, they may qualify for an additional 50 percent funding.

Ozone and/or PM Advance Participants may send a notice of interest via e-mail to Gilberto Cuadra at . In order to obtain the additional funding, participants able to make an award match must send a work plan and a budget commitment letter to Gilberto Cuadra no later than June 6, 2013. The total base amount of funding this year is approximately $70,000.

For additional information, please call Gilberto Cuadra at (225) 219-3419.

Beginning in the summer of 2012, DEQ has made presentations through local planning districts and Chambers of Commerce in those areas of the state where participation in the Advance Program could make the greatest impact. 

Please click on one of the broad geographic locations below for more information about the Advance Program activities in that area:

Baton Rouge                        Lafayette                 Lake Charles             Monroe   

Houma-Thibodaux               New Orleans           Shreveport-Bossier

Example emission reduction projects

 Vancouver, B.C. Nonroad Engine Registration Project

February 26, 2013 Workshop      

On February 26, 2013, DEQ sponsored a workshop for all of th Advance Program participants.  Representatives from DEQ, EPA, DNR and the Clean Cities organization gave presentations and lead small group discussion on topics of interest to the program participants.

EPA Advance Program Presentation by Laura Bunte

February 26, 2013 Workshop Attendees


DEQ has created a Topic File within the Electronic Document Management System where Ozone Advance related documents are filed.  The AI# is 182673. 

For more information you can also visit the EPA website:

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