NEW MEXICO – The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) announced a funding opportunity and workshop for diesel emission reduction projects in the state.
The grant funding is through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean New Mexico Diesel Program that seeks to reduce pollutant emissions.
NMED invited universities, private organizations, non-profit organizations, businesses and any county, city, local or tribal government in New Mexico to submit applications for the program. Approximately $1,306,463 in funding is available through the grant opportunity.
Applications for this funding period will be accepted beginning February 1, 2023, and will continue through the end of the calendar year, or until grant funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. Requests will be evaluated and those selected will receive funding on a first-come, first-served basis.
It was also detailed that NMED is soliciting proposals for DERA projects that reduce emissions from heavy-duty diesel-fueled vehicles. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, idle reduction technologies, aerodynamic technologies, and retrofitting or replacement of diesel vehicles and equipment statewide.
Eligible diesel vehicles, engines, and equipment include buses (Class 5+ school and transit); Class 5 – 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles (e.g., refuse, commercial transportation); marine engines; locomotives; and non-road engines, equipment, or vehicles such as those used in construction, cargo handling (including airports), agriculture, mining, or power production (including stationary generators and pumps).
Grant funds will be used for the purchase and installation of EPA or California Air Resources Board (CARB) verified/certified technologies or for the replacement of vehicles, engines, or equipment using a zero tailpipe emission power source, in accordance with DERA funding guidelines.
While applications will be accepted for projects statewide, special consideration will be given to projects near and adjacent to Clean Air Act or Class I nonattainment areas, areas subject to high volumes of diesel vehicles, and economically disadvantaged areas.
The DERA grant program benefits New Mexicans by funding projects that reduce harmful emissions and improve air quality throughout the state.
NMED provides grant and loan funding to the public and private sector to improve air quality, ensure safe and healthy drinking water, and clean up solid and hazardous waste. The DERA grant program will further the department’s goal of investing $65 million in the state’s communities.
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