EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) is soliciting proposals (EPA-OAR-OTAQ-14-07) that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, from fleets operating at marine and inland water ports located in areas of poor air quality. The total estimated funding is approximately $5 million; EPA anticipates awarding two to five cooperative/assistance agreements.
Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as exhaust controls and engine upgrades, verified idle reduction technologies, certified engine repowers, and/or certified vehicle or equipment replacements.
Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment may include drayage trucks, marine engines, locomotives and non-road engines, equipment or vehicles used in the handling of cargo at a marine or inland water port.
Eligible entities include public port authorities and state or local government agencies with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Community groups, terminal operators, shipping carriers, nonprofits, and other business entities involved in port operations are encouraged to participate through partnerships with eligible applicants.
Summary of what EPA will fund:
- Verified Exhaust Control Technologies: EPA will fund up to 100% of the cost of eligible verified exhaust control technologies.
- Verified/Certified Engine Upgrades: EPA will fund up to 40% of the cost (labor and equipment) of eligible engine upgrades.
- Verified Locomotive Idle Reduction Technologies: EPA will fund up to 40% of the cost of eligible idle reduction technologies on locomotives.
- Verified Marine Shore Connection Systems: EPA will fund up to 25% of the cost of eligible shore connection systems.
- Certified Engine Repower: EPA will fund up to 40% of the cost (labor and equipment) of an eligible engine repower.
- Non-road Diesel Vehicles and Equipment: EPA will fund the incremental cost of a newer, cleaner vehicle or piece of equipment powered by a model year 2013 or newer certified non-road diesel engine, up to 25% of the cost of an eligible replacement vehicle or piece of equipment.
- Drayage Truck Replacement: EPA will fund up to 50% of the cost of eligible drayage trucks with a 2011 model year or newer heavy-duty engine.
- Clean Alternative Fuel Conversions: EPA will fund up to 40% of the cost (labor and equipment) of an eligible clean alternative fuel conversion.