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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $115 Million in Grants to Cut Harmful Diesel Engine Emissions

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $115 Million in Grants to Cut Harmful Diesel Engine Emissions

Event staff disassemble a teleprompter in front of Environmental Protection Agency signage following an event with EPA Administrator Michael Regan at the University of Maryland on Thursday, May 11, 2023, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)
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Grant funding prioritized for areas already overburdened by air pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $115 million in grant funding for projects that cut harmful pollution from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. Under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant funding competition, EPA anticipates making 4-10 awards in each of EPA’s ten regions to eligible applicants.

“Throughout the years, this crucial program to reduce diesel emissions has improved air quality and provided far-reaching public health benefits by reducing hundreds of thousands of tons of air pollution and saving millions in gallons of fuel,” said Joseph Goffman, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. “Through the DERA program, along with millions in grant funding now available thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, we are looking forward to supporting more projects that will get more clean vehicles on the road, protecting people’s health and our planet.”

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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 older 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 the health of local communities already overburdened by air pollution, protect grant funded investments from severe weather events caused by climate change, and applicants that demonstrate their ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended.

EPA is seeking cost-effective diesel emission reduction projects that maximize health benefits, reduce diesel exposure for those facing poor air quality, and/or employ community-based inclusive and collaborative approaches to reduce harmful emissions. The DERA Program delivers on the Biden-Harris Administration’s Justice40 Initiative to ensure that at least 40% of the benefits of certain federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities, creating good-paying jobs and driving inclusive economic growth.

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