September 23, 2011 11-0923
For More Information Brad Wurfel, 517-373-7917, firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna Davis, 517-335-2784, email@example.com
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality today announced available grants totaling nearly $800,000 to upgrade diesel equipment.
Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grants help schools, municipalities, organizations, and businesses replace old diesel engines with newer, cleaner-burning engines. The DERA is part of the National Clean Diesel Campaign initiated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The DEQ coordinates the grant process.
Applications are accepted through Nov. 16. The DEQ will host a half-day training session in Lansing to assist with the grant application process.
The program is open to all Michigan municipalities, townships and villages, county and non-profit agencies, school districts, municipal planning organizations and private industries. Eligible vehicles include school and municipal buses, medium and heavy duty trucks as well as marine, agricultural, energy production, mining and construction vehicles and equipment.
The grants provide options to replace entire engines, equipment or vehicles or to install exhaust control equipment on existing diesel engines. Both installation and replacement options improve air quality and reduce health risks for communities located in or near industrial pollution sources or high-use roadways.
For more information and an online application, go to www.michigan.gov/air and select "Clean Diesel Initiative in Michigan" from the middle of the page or contact Donna Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-335-2784.