Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grant Program; Availability of Grants

February 04, 2020 8:28 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grant Program; Availability of Grants

[50 Pa.B. 739]
[Saturday, February 1, 2020]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces an opportunity to apply for $2,654,841 in grants offered through the Fiscal Year 2019 Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grant Program (Grant Program). Funding has been made available through the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA). Most of this funding, approximately $2.15 million, is from the settlement of a lawsuit with Volkswagen and its subsidiaries, relating to diesel vehicle emission violations, and is being used as the Commonwealth's voluntary match funding under the DERA program. Funding is available for eligible diesel emission reduction projects that will improve air quality and protect public health and the environment by reducing emissions from diesel-powered vehicles and engines.

The Department is seeking applications for projects that will replace or retrofit fleet diesel-powered highway and nonroad vehicles, engines and equipment. The majority of the vehicle or engine's annual operation time must occur within this Commonwealth. Public and private entities that operate diesel-powered fleets throughout this Commonwealth should apply. These entities may include school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, State agencies, nonprofit entities, corporations, limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in this Commonwealth, air quality or transportation organizations and metropolitan or rural planning organizations. Projects must use technologies certified or verified by the EPA or the California Air Resources Board to lower diesel emissions, unless otherwise noted in the Grant Program guidelines. The technology may be a single technology or a combination of available technologies.

 The Department will not reimburse grant recipients for project costs incurred prior to the grant performance period set forth in the applicable grant agreement. The Grant Program guidelines and application instructions are available on the Department's Driving PA Forward webpage at www.depgis.state.pa.us/DrivingPAForward/ .

 A webinar on the Grant Program will be held on Monday, February 10, 2020, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. See the Department's previously listed Driving PA Forward webpage for registration information.

 Applications must be submitted online through the Department of Community and Economic Development's Electronic Single Application web site, eGrants at www.esa.dced.state.pa.us . The Department will accept applications through 4 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020. Fax and e-mail submissions of applications will not be accepted.

 Interested applicants with questions may contact the Bureau of Air Quality at ra-epvwmitigation@pa.gov or (717) 787-9495.

PATRICK McDONNELL, 
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-159. Filed for public inspection January 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]



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