EPA makes $20M available for updating old diesel engines

| April 23, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday, April 23, announced the availability of up to $20 million grant funding for the 2012 fiscal year to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing pollution from the nation’s existing fleet of diesel engines and improving air quality. In addition to these grants, about $9 million will be available through direct state allocations. EPA estimates that for every $1 spent on clean diesel funding, up to $13 of public health benefit is realized.

“Technology has evolved to make diesel engines more efficient and cleaner than ever,” says Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “These grants enable owners of older diesel vehicles to make investments that modernize their vehicles while making the air in their communities cleaner and healthier to breathe.”

This is the first competition since the Diesel Emission Reduction Program, also known as DERA, was reauthorized in 2011. The program cleans up existing diesel vehicles, many of which can be operated for decades, by targeting projects that utilize the most cost-effective clean diesel strategies.

EPA has standards in place that make new diesels more than 90 percent cleaner, but older diesels that predate these standards emit large amounts of air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM). EPA says nearly 11 million older diesels still operate throughout the nation’s transportation system.

States, tribes, local governments and nonprofits are eligible to apply for these grants. Projects can reduce air pollution from older heavy-duty diesel trucks, school buses, transit buses, marine engines, locomotives and other diesel engines. The closing date for receipt of proposals is June 4.

  • Eubanks

    Just exactly what do we have to put on our old engines to “bring them up” to what the EPA will pass?

  • http://overdriveonline.com/channel19 Todd Dills

    This story is about voluntary intiatives, Eubank, nothing required here. But if you’re running in California and/or working certain ports around the country, you may need some additions or updates, depending on the year/make/model of your truck.

  • Greg haymon

    How do u apply with your local state and will there b a list for your truck to qualify

  • Cody Blankenship

    It will be an add- on particulate filter probably. Expect reduced fuel economy and other possible problems. I see a lot of later model engines smoke worse then my pre emmision Cat. And the reliability is gone also…

  • john kidd

    I have a cummins m 14 engine Iget 6,8 miles per gallon. I had a smoke test done it came out at 3,6. I am semi-retired & only drive about 50,000 miles a year.what do i have to do.

  • Thomas Dolph

    CARB has infected the Feds…this is very bad people.The aftermarket DPFs are lots of trouble, and lots of money to install. And where do they get the $13 to $1 equation??? Everything CARB has produced has been proved to be FRADULANT SCIENCE! Hein Tran is a complete imposter, and he is second in command to Mary Nichols, an ex-hippie pal of Jerry Brown.

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