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newsrel -- California Truckin' News: Air Resources Board makes over $100 Million available to clean up state’s big rig trucks Posted: 04 Apr 2011 15:39:35
Fleet and truck owners must apply by April 29, 2011 . California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE California Truckin’ News Air Resources Board makes over $100 Million available to clean up state’s big rig trucks Dated: April 4, 2011 Contact: Mary Fricke (916)322-2638 Karen Caesar (626)575-6728 Air Resources Board makes over $100 Million available to clean up state’s big rig trucks Fleet and truck owners must apply by April 29, 2011 The Air Resources Board in coordination with six local air districts is offering $106 million in grant funding to help qualified diesel truck owners upgrade or replace their vehicles. Projects selected for funding include upgrades or replacements that achieve the greatest emission reductions per state dollar and also achieve early or extra emission reductions not required by law or regulation. The program, supported by $1 billion in voter-approved Proposition 1B bonds, has already awarded $230 million to clean up heavy-duty trucks over the past 2 years. Local air districts are soliciting applications from truck owners to compete for grants to upgrade or replace their vehicles in March/April 2011, with options that include truck replacement, engine replacement (“repower”) or retrofit. Owners can apply to compete for funding from any of these six air districts, regardless of where their business is based: • Bay Area Air Quality Management District ($7.5 million in grant funds available); • Imperial County Air Pollution Control District ($3 million); • Sacramento Metro Air Quality Management District ($9.8 million); • San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District ($44.7 million); • San Diego Air Pollution Control District ($6.5 million), and • South Coast Air Quality Management District with ($39.8 million). Deadline for applications is April 29, 2011 Eligibility requirements and additional air district contact information can be found below and on the ARB website at: www.arb.ca.gov/gmbond. Once all applications have been reviewed, they will be ranked according to guidelines established by ARB. In general, owners of the oldest and dirtiest vehicles that travel high miles are the most likely to receive funding assistance. Truck owners are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and get their applications in by the deadline. The $1 billion Proposition 1B Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program is a partnership between ARB and local agencies (e.g., air districts and seaports) to quickly reduce air pollution emissions and health risk from freight movement along California's trade corridors (map). Local agencies apply to ARB for funding, and then those agencies offer financial incentives to owners of freight transport equipment to switch to cleaner technologies. Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40 other known cancer-causing compounds. In 1998, California identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death and other health problems. Proposition 1B grant contact information: • Bay Area Air Quality Management District o www.baaqmd.gov/goods o 415-749-4994 o email@example.com • Imperial County Air Pollution Control District ($3 million) o http://www.co.imperial.ca.us/AirPollution/1B%20Information.htm o Matt Dessert or George Sanchez (760) 482-4606 • Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District o http://www.airquality.org/mobile/goodsmovement/index.shtml o Pat Robinson PRobinson@airquality.org o (916) 874-6276 • San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District o http://www.valleyair.org/grant_programs/grantprograms.htm#Proposition1B o Heavy Duty Engine Hotline: (559) 230-5858 o firstname.lastname@example.org • San Diego Air Pollution Control District o http://www.sdapcd.org/homepage/grants/hints.pdf o Nick Cormier Nick.Cormier@sdcounty.ca.gov o (858) 586-2798 o Robert Mercado Robert.Mercado@sdcounty.ca.gov o (858) 586-2694 • South Coast Air Quality Management District o http://www.aqmd.gov/tao/implementation/Prop1B.htm o Mei Wang email@example.com o (909) 396-3257 ### ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.