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The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allocate funds to states for the establishment of clean diesel projects that will reduce diesel emissions in areas of concern using cost-effective projects. The amount of funding available for allocation and the project requirements can change from year to year. The 2015 grant is the seventh DERA allocation for the State of Iowa.
2015 DERA GRANT OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
The Iowa DNR has created a competitive grant program for the following:
Eligible on-road or non-road vehicles and equipment may include, but are not limited to:
Projects may begin as early as December 1, 2015 and all projects must be completed by August 30, 2016. The DNR will reimburse applicants, dependent on their project, the following percentages:
The maximum request must not exceed $180,000.00. To be considered for this funding opportunity, please submit the following application materials. Incomplete applications may be disqualified from consideration.
Submit one hard copy of the signed and completed application packet (application form and fleet description form) no later than October 30, 2015 at 4 p.m. CST.
2014 DERA GRANT AWARDED TO CITY OF DUBUQUE
In December 2014, the DNR – Air Quality Bureau awarded $80,000.00 in funds to the City of Dubuque to complete emissions control retrofits on four city vehicles. The project funding was for the pre-testing and purchase/installation of four (4) Donaldson Low Nitrogen Dioxide Filters (LNFs) and/or Low Nitrogen Oxide Filters (LXFs). In July 2015, the grant funding was decreased ($14,921.61) and the project was amended to the following:
The City of Dubuque was identified as a strong candidate for the funds from the DNR-Air Quality Bureau due to many diesel vehicles, including municipal service vehicles, travelling on the four U.S. and two state highways that serve the transportation needs of the area. The City of Dubuque, through a partnership, voluntarily began participation in EPA’s PM (Particulate Matter) Advance program. PM Advance promotes local actions to reduce fine particle pollution (PM2.5), and its precursors, in attainment areas to help these areas continue to maintain the PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Funding from the DERA grant assisted the City of Dubuque in meeting the goals on the PM Advance program.
There are two different programs – the State program and the National program. Additional information on the DERA Program is available at http://www.epa.gov/otaq/diesel/prgnational.htm.
Eligible vehicles for DERA grant funding may include buses, medium or heavy duty trucks, non-road engines, equipment, or vehicles, marine engines, and locomotives. The vehicles must have been manufactured between 1991 and 2006 and meet certain remaining useful life requirements. Retrofit technologies that are verified and certified by EPA or California Air Resource Board (CARB), are eligible for 100 percent reimbursement with DERA grant money. More information on eligible applicants is available at http://www.epa.gov/otaq/diesel/prgnational.htm#applicants
For questions, additional information, or to provide an item for consideration of a DERA project, please email: Christina.Iiams@dnr.iowa.gov