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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
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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	grants@baaqmd.gov
•	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	weberip@valleyair.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  mwang@aqmd.gov
o	(909) 396-3257 


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and ecological resources through effective reduction of air
pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the
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