EPA Adds To DERA Rebate Funding
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made available $2 million in funding for rebates to help public and private construction equipment owners replace or retrofit older diesel engines used in construction machines and equipment.
"These rebates will help equipment owners protect public health and improve air quality near construction sites while updating their fleets,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.
Rebates will be offered as part of the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA). This is the second rebate program offered since Congress reauthorized DERA in 2010 to allow rebates in addition to grants and revolving loans. The rebates will support the program’s effort to replace and update existing diesel vehicles, and will target where people are exposed to unhealthy air.
Since 2008, DERA has awarded more than $500 million to grantees across the country to retrofit, replace, or repower more than 50,000 vehicles. Public and private construction equipment owners in eligible counties that are facing air quality challenges are encouraged to apply for rebates for the replacement or retrofit of construction equipment engines. EPA will accept applications from Nov. 20, 2013, to Jan. 15, 2014 and anticipates awarding the rebates in February 2014.
To learn more about the rebate program, the list of eligible counties, applicant eligibility and selection process, visit http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate-construction.htm