EPA Announces Webcast on 2008 Diesel Retrofit Funding Opportunities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Clean Diesel Program recently received approximately $50 million in fiscal year 2008 funding to support clean diesel emissions reduction projects. EPA will sponsor a Webcast on February 15 [rescheduled to Feb. 20] to highlight grant opportunities that will be available in the coming months under this Program, with special emphasis on the West Coast Collaborative's upcoming “Request for Applications.”
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Diesel Emissions Reductions Funding Opportunities Webcast
Friday, February 15, 2008 Rescheduled to Wednesday, February 20, 2008
11:00 -12:00 PM Pacific Time 1:30 - 3:00 PM Pacific Time
To register for the Webcast, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/170330908 . Because this is a brand new meeting, you will need to re-register for the new date/time. If you are still available for this webcast, please go to: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/362876157 to register.
On the day of the event, also call (866) 299-3188, passcode 2065538087#. For questions, contact EPA Region 9’s Kristin Riha at email@example.com.
On December 26, 2007, President Bush signed into law the fiscal year (FY) 2008 omnibus spending package, which includes funding for the Diesel Emission Reduction Program, as authorized by Title VII, Subtitle G (Sections 791 to 797) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERP) allows EPA to offer more than $1 billion in federal grants and low-interest loans over a five-year period to support clean diesel activities. However, each year’s exact funding level is ultimately determined by Congress during the annual appropriations process. (As explained above, the program was funded at $49.2M for FY08.)
AGC worked closely with U.S. Congressional staff to ensure that private fleets would qualify for assistance under DERP. Generally speaking, DERP funds are distributed via EPA’s National Clean Diesel Program as follows:
- 70% of funds for national grant and loan programs administered by EPA
- 30% for similar grant and loan programs operated by states
- Up to 65% of total funds eligible to the private sector
- Funding distribution subject to Congressional appropriation language
AGC continues to sign on to letters to Congress supporting full funding for DERP.
For more information on eligible entities and projects or funding distribution, click here to read Subtitle G from the Energy Policy Act of 2005. To learn more about EPA’s National Clean Diesel Program, click here.
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