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newsrel -- ARB helps California logging business get the keys to a cleaner-running vehicle

Posted: 19 May 2011 13:53:59
Loan assistance program and local grants are now available. 

Release #:11-19

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990

Mary Fricke

ARB helps California logging business get the keys to a
cleaner-running vehicle 

Loan assistance program and local grants are now available 

SACRAMENTO - Today the California Air Resources Board handed the
keys for a clean-running piece of machinery to a small-business
owner to kick off a new loan program to help other small
businesses in California purchase cleaner off-road equipment. 

The loan assistance program, a joint program between ARB and the
State Treasurer’s Office of California Capital Access Program, or
CalCAP, uses federal money from the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act, and can also draw on funding from local air

"ARB’s loan guarantee program, now expanded to include off-road
equipment, is not only for the construction business, but also
for agriculture, mining and industrial sectors of the California
diesel fleets.  Some of the fleets may also be able to combine
the loan program with local grants to help them with the purchase
of cleaner equipment," said Assistant Division Chief Erik White. 
"Owners of off-road vehicles are driving away with more modern,
cleaner-running equipment and Californians are getting the public
health benefit of cleaner air to breathe."

With the help of the loan program and a grant from the Placer
County Air Pollution Control District, Amanda Godon of Volcano
Enterprises Inc., a small California-based logging business,
replaced a high-polluting engine, with a cleaner Tier 3 engine.

“The process of getting the financing for the replacement skidder
was fast and simple,” said Godon. “Clean air is very important
and we are trying to replace our whole fleet with better air
quality in mind.”

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act award provided $5
million to the loan assistance program to reduce harmful diesel
emissions by helping off-road vehicle owners upgrade or replace
their older vehicles. The program provides competitive-rate loan
opportunities in today's tight credit market to small businesses.
 Off-road fleets of any size may qualify if they are small
businesses with 500 or fewer employees, have annual revenues and
business generated primarily in California, with the majority of
the employees living in California.  

“This program is an excellent example of local, state and federal
governments working harmoniously to solve our most pressing air
pollution problems,” said Ben Machol, Chief of the Clean Energy
and Climate Change Office at EPA's Pacific Southwest Region "We
are proud to contribute federal Recovery Act funding to help
improve public health while strengthening the local economy.”

Off-road equipment owners can apply for loans at participating
financial institutions to finance new vehicles, engine exhaust
retrofits, or engine upgrades.  Projected installation and
extended warranty expenses, or maintenance costs for exhaust
retrofits, may also be financed.  For a list of participating
financial institutions, go to:

Borrowers, like the owners of Volcano Enterprises Inc., may also
be eligible for local grant awards which can be combined with a
CalCAP loan to purchase cleaner equipment. 

ARB’s loan assistance programs are part of the state's overall
plan to cut toxic diesel emissions 85 percent by 2020.  In
December, ARB adopted a statewide clean off-road diesel vehicle
regulation to bring California closer to meeting
federally-mandated air-quality standards and deadlines. 

For additional program information about the loan assistance
program, air quality grants or the off-road diesel vehicle
regulation, go to http://www.arb.ca.gov or call the ARB’s diesel
hotline at 1-866-6DIESEL (1-866-634-3735).

Additional photos and B-roll are available upon request

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

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