The Missouri Department of Natural Resources accepted applications Monday, March 2 through May 31, 2020 at 5 p.m. CDT. Qualifying applicants included switch locomotives, tugboats and ferries that operate in the State of Missouri and are owned by government agencies or by private entities.

Implementation Guidelines

Program Requirements

For the purpose of this category, “Government” means a state or local government agency (including but not limited to a school district, municipality, city, county, special district, joint powers authority or port authority), or a tribal government or native village.

Eligible locomotives include Pre-Tier 4 switch locomotives used to move rail cars around a rail yard and marine vessels with unregulated, Tier 1 or Tier 2 marine engines that are used to move other marine vessels (tugboats) or to transport people, cargo and vehicles (ferries). Government agencies can request up to 75% of the cost to repower or replace their eligible project; private entities can request between 25% and 50% of the cost of their project depending on the type of project.

Program requirements must be followed. Highlights include:

  • Switch locomotives must operate a minimum of 1,000 hours per year.
  • Switch locomotives must operate a minimum of 50% of the time in Missouri.
  • Private entities may request up to 40% of the cost to repower a locomotive, 25% of the cost to replace a locomotive, or 50% of the cost to repower or replace a locomotive with a new all-electric locomotive.
  • Marine vessels may only be repowered.
  • Marine vessels whose main port is in Missouri must spend a minimum of 25% operation time in or along the Missouri border.
  • Marine vessels whose main port is not in Missouri must spend a minimum of 50% operation time in or along the Missouri border.
  • Private entities may request up to 40% of the cost to repower a marine vessel, or 50% of the cost to repower a marine vessel with a new all-electric engine.
  • Project must meet a minimum of $5 per pound of lifetime NOX reduction.
  • Maximum total funding request per applicant is $1 million.

Waiver Information

In limited circumstances, the department may grant a waiver to Missouri’s VW Trust Program Requirements. To qualify, the applicant must provide the following information:

  • The applicant must identify the program requirement for which the waiver is being requested.
  • The applicant must document the reason for the waiver request. 
  • If the applicant is requesting a waiver of a deadline, the applicant must propose a timeline for compliance.
  • Notification of the waiver will be provided by email to the person and email address specified by the requester
  • The applicant must acknowledge that the department cannot, under any circumstances, waive any provisions of the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Environmental Mitigation Trust. If uncertain, we highly encourage you to reach out to us to determine if a waiver is possible for your particular circumstances.

Example reason for waiver:
An entity is unable to disable their vehicle within the 60-day allowed period after delivery of the new vehicle and requests a two-week extension. Reasons for the extension have included delays with licensing the new vehicle, weather delays at the metal recycling operation for disabling the old vehicle, complications related to COVID quarantine requirements, etc.

By issuing a waiver, the department is waiving penalty assessments based on the conditions of the waiver. The waiver shall not prevent any subsequent enforcement of other program requirements or be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach of any program requirements.

Awardees
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