News Release 107

Funding opportunities available for owners and operators of diesel vehicles and equipment

Volume 38-107 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer
573-751-3807

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH, 8, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has announced an opportunity for diesel vehicle and equipment owners and operators in St. Louis, Kansas City and southwest Missouri to receive financial assistance to purchase equipment to reduce diesel emissions.

The goal of Missouri’s Clean Diesel Program is to improve air quality in three highly populated urban areas in Missouri where monitoring values are either violating or are close to violating federal air quality standards.

Two different projects in each area, one cost-share project and one public-fleet project, will receive funding through this program. Projects could include purchasing diesel emission control equipment, idle reduction equipment, low rolling resistance tires, aerodynamic technology and engine repowers.

The cost-share project could cover up to 40 percent of the costs of approved projects that reduce diesel emissions. Individual may receive a minimum of $3,500 and a maximum of $45,000 for a project.

Public fleets may apply for up to 100 percent funding for eligible projects, which could include early vehicle replacement and the use of alternative fuels. Some emission reducing strategies will require the applicant to match funds. The minimum and maximum funding for a public-fleet project are $5,000 to $35,215.

Interested applicants in the St. Louis area can visit the St. Louis Regional Clean Cities’ website at stlcleancities.org to view the request for proposal and learn how to submit a project for consideration.

Interested applicants in the Kansas City area can visit the Mid-America Regional Counsel’s website at marc.org/rfp.htm to view the request for proposal and learn how to submit a project for consideration.

Interested applicants in southwest Missouri can visit the Ozark Center for Sustainable Solutions at Drury University’s website at drury.edu/ocss and showmecleanair.com/ to view the request for proposal and learn how to submit a project for consideration.

Project applications must be submitted by April 16.  Eligible applicants from both projects will be selected through a lottery drawing scheduled in each geographic area April 30.

Owners and operators of diesel vehicles and equipment stationed in the city of St. Louis and the following counties will be eligible to apply: St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, Franklin, Warren, Washington, Lincoln, Clay, Platte, Jackson, Cass, Ray, Clinton, Buchannan, Greene, Webster, Polk, Dallas, Christian, Cedar, Barton, Dade, Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Lawrence, Barry, Stone and Taney.

The department received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fund the Clean Diesel Program in Missouri. The department awarded sub-grants to the metropolitan areas of St. Louis, Kansas City and southwest Missouri to fund clean diesel grant projects through a request for proposal.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is committed to developing ways to reduce diesel emissions which contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone. Diesel emissions are known to cause and aggravate lung and respiratory diseases such as asthma. Reducing emissions is an important step toward protecting public health and improving the air quality in Missouri.

For more information, contact the department’s Air Pollution Control Program at 573-751-4817 or 800-361-4827.

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