On September 10, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) a grant in the amount of $153,543 for the Virginia Clean Diesel Project. EPA amended this award on September 12, 2013 and increased the grant funding by $84,849 for a grand total of $238,398.
This award has enabled DEQ to partner with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association (MARAMA), to provide financial incentives (rebates) for participants in the Virginia Port Authority Green Operator (GO) Program which encourages truck companies and individual owner/operators serving the Port to install verified diesel retrofit devices to reduce emissions from carriers registered with the Virginia Port Authority.
The EPA’s amended award extends the project period (originally October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013) to September 30, 2014. DEQ has been administering the project through a subagreement with MARAMA. In November 2012, DEQ awarded a contract to MARAMA in the amount of $148,319 to perform work on the Virginia Clean Diesel Project. Details regarding the subrecipient agreement can be found in the grant contract. This grant contract with MARAMA will be amended to increase the funding by $80,952 for a grand total of $229,271.
This project provides a rebate of up to $6,000 per vehicle to offset the cost of purchase and installation of verified emission control devices. A total of approximately 31 dray trucks will be retrofitted with diesel filters. A description of the project, program priorities, anticipated outcomes, and detailed budget information can be found in the Virginia Clean Diesel Grant revised workplan.