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Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán

Representing the 44th District of California

EPA Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Grants

Rep. Barragán, Co-Chair of the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Congressional Task Force, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Task Force on Clean Energy, Environment, Public Lands, and Water, and Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Environmental Task Force encourages communities to take advantage of available grant funding.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced $11 million available in grant funding for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program.  This program seeks to reduce the harmful emissions from older, more polluting diesel engines.

Issues like climate change and pollution disproportionately impact low income communities and communities of color. Environmental justice means that every community, regardless of race, income, or country of origin, deserves to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and be protected from harmful substances in our environment,

Applying for available grants is one step in ensuring that environmental justice principles continue to be incorporated into the EPA’s work. These DERA grants encourage fleet companies to retrofit or replace their vehicles with cleaner, more efficient diesel engines, and to date have awarded nearly 690 grants across the United States.

WHAT: $11 million in grant funding for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program

 

WHY:  These grants will help to provide support for projects that protect human health and improve air quality by reducing harmful emissions from diesel engines

 

HOW:  Submit a proposal electronically through Grants.gov, www.grants.gov

 

DEADLINE:  Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 11:59 Eastern Time (ET)

 

Eligible Uses of Funding

Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment include:

  • School buses
  • Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles
  • Locomotive engines
  • Marine engines
  • Nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at ports or airports), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps).

For more information, visit the Clean Diesel National Grants page here. Applicants may email written questions to: cleandiesel@epa.gov. Please type “RFP Question” in the subject line.