Scarnati: State Applications Now Being Accepted for Clean Diesel Grants

May 2, 2014

Local organizations and municipalities can now apply for grants available through the State Clean Diesel Grant Program, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

The grants are provided to support projects that re-power or retrofit fleet vehicles to curb emissions, purchase and install idle-reduction technology or purchase clean alternative-fuel fleet vehicles.

Scarnati explained that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now accepting applications for the grants, which are intended to improve air quality by reducing emissions from diesel-powered motor vehicles.

Eligible applicants include school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, state agencies, nonprofit entities, corporations, and limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in Pennsylvania that operate diesel fleets.

“I encourage our local municipalities, school districts and organizations who are considering upgrading or purchasing clean-alternative vehicles to apply for these grants,” Scarnati said.  “Reducing emissions through programs like this, helps to improve air quality within our communities and protect the environment.”

The grant program is funded through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State Clean Diesel Program. Since the program’s inception in 2008, the Pennsylvania DEP has awarded more than $1.9 million in grants.

Applications for this year’s grants will be accepted through June 10, 2014.

To apply for a grant or for more information, please visit www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword “Clean Diesel.”

CONTACT:

Kate Eckhart keckhart@pasen.gov
(717) 787-7084