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On November 20, 2013 EPA and the National Clean Diesel Campaign opened a request for applications for the 2013 Construction Equipment Rebate Program. This competition will close on January 15, 2014.
Eligible applicants for this funding opportunity include regional, state, local or tribal agencies with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Private entities that operate nonroad construction equipment under a contract or lease with a public entity are also eligible to apply. Applicants must operate their equipment in areas of poor air quality, and a full list of eligible counties will available after November 20 at: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/documents/2013-construction-county-list.pdf. Eligible applicants who meet the location requirement may apply to install Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) on Tier 2 or Tier 3 engines, or they may apply to replace unregulated or Tier 1 engines with Tier 2 or Tier 3 engines. Applicants may submit one application that includes up to five engines. These five engines can be any combination of the technology options for a total maximum of $120,000 in rebate funding per applicant.
The Eighth Annual Southeast Diesel Collaborative Partners Meeting Photo Contest Winners NOW AVAILABLE!
The Eighth Annual Southeast Diesel Collaborative held the third annual photo contest. This years entrant's photos reflected the mission statement of the Southeast Diesel Collaborative (SEDC) and illustrated the theme for their category in a creative manner. To view the winners click here
The following winners of the photo contest were selected by the attendees at the 8th Annual Southeast Diesel Collaborative’s Partners Meeting. Congratulations to all!
The Eighth Annual Southeast Diesel Collaborative was held at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Capitol Conference Center on September 17-18, 2013. This meeting discussed “Reconnecting our Past and Present to Fuel our Future” in regards to the southern connection in freight, non-road and public fleets, while procuring benefits in energy, the environment, and economics. Additionally, on September 16, 2013 the SEDC held a Planning for the Future of Freight Movement To review the presenations of the meeting click here. To review presentation of our previous annual meetings click here.
iPhone users now have access to a free application that locates fueling stations offering alternative fuels, including electricity, natural gas, biodiesel, e85 Ethanol, propane and hydrogen. The Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed the new mobile application for DOE’s Clean Cities program. Clean Cities supports local stakeholders across the country in an effort to cut petroleum use in transportation.
The Alternative Fueling Station Locator App, now available through Apple’s App Store, allows iPhone users to select an alternative fuel and find the 20 closest stations within a 30-mile radius. Users can view the locations on a map or as a list containing station addresses, phone numbers and hours of operation. For more information visit http://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2013/4308.html
The SEDC Leadership Council recognized three groups for their outstanding leadership in reducing the impacts of diesel emissions in the Southeast. These environmental excellence awards were presented at the 8th Annual Southeast Diesel Collaborative Annual Partners meeting on Tuesday September 17, 2013.
The winners were: Industry: Saddle Creek Logistics
EPA is announcing a $9 million funding opportunity for the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Proposals are due by Tuesday June 25, 2013. Link to more information
MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (P.L. 112-141), was signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2012. Funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, MAP-21 is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005.
On October 20, 2011, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) announced that the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) received a grant under the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, part of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The grant provided funding to repower diesel ground support equipment (GSE) with all-electric drive systems. CTE partnered with Delta Air Lines and Clean Cities-Atlanta to repower 35 units at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The project, in cooperation with EPA Region 4, was a collaboration of corporate, government, non-profit, and community-based partners that demonstrates the city’s, the airport’s, and Delta’s commitment to sustainability and emission reduction. For the full article click here. For additional articles please visit the Ground Support Worldwide newsletter.
EPA representatives of the Southeast Diesel Collaborative visited the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) on March 5, 2013, to learn more about the Institute’s Project Green biodiesel project. The Project Green effort is an outstanding example of collaboration between the Institute and 24 public and private sector partners. Project Green is the first effort by an educational institution in Alabama to implement a public education program about biodiesel as well as training students about biodiesel and its production.Link to more information.
WASHINGTON - Science, imagination, education, healthier kids and a cleaner environment came together when Scholastic Inc. and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) teamed up to create “The Magic School Bus Gets Cleaned Up” – a special edition book based on the award-winning Scholastic series. Today, EPA and Scholastic are announcing the release of the Spanish-language version of the book, "El Autobus Mágico – necesita una limpieza."
"The Magic School Bus Gets Cleaned Up' makes the science of clean air fun," said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. "Translating the book into Spanish is a great opportunity to engage new audiences."
For more click here.
Mississippi's efforts to clean up the air have caught the attention of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On Wednesday, the regional administrator of the EPA visited Biloxi to thank all the schools, city leaders, and agencies for helping to cut down on dangerous emissions. For more click here.
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