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EPA Accepting Proposals through Diesel Emissions Reduction Act


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting proposals for the FY 2016 Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA).  The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $26 million.

EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated as having poor air quality.

Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified technologies such as cleaner fuels, certified engine repowers, and certified vehicle or equipment replacement, among others. Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment may include buses, Class 5–8 heavy-duty highway vehicles, marine engines, locomotives and off-road engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at a port or airport), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps).

EPA will host informational webinars at 2:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 10.  Registration information will be posted here. This RFP will close on April 26, 2016, and EPA expects to make awards in the fall.  This RFP has been updated from the most recent competition, so applicants are encouraged to carefully review the RFP.

Questions may be emailed to cleandiesel@epa.gov. The RFP is posted here, and additional information is also posted here.