The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering $2 million in funding for rebates to help public and private construction equipment owners replace or retrofit older diesel construction engines. The rebates will be offered as part of the Diesel Emission Reduction Act, also known as DERA, and will support the program’s effort to replace and update existing diesel vehicles, targeting areas where people are exposed to unhealthy air, reducing harmful pollution and improving air quality in local areas.
Public and private construction equipment owners in eligible counties that are facing air quality challenges are encouraged to apply for rebates for the replacement or retrofit of construction equipment engines. EPA will accept applications from Nov. 20, 2013, to Jan. 15, 2014 and anticipates awarding the rebates in February 2014.
The list of eligible counties in EPA Region 7 states include:
- Iowa - Black Hawk, Harrison, Johnson, Linn, Mills, Polk, Pottawattamie, Scott, and Woodbury
- Kansas - Butler, Harvey, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Sedgwick, Sumner, and Wyandotte
- Missouri - Barry, Barton, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Cass, Cedar, Christian, Clay, Dade, Dallas, Franklin, Greene, Iron, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Lawrence, McDonald, Madison, Newton, Perry, Platte, Polk, Ray, St. Charles, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, St. Louis and St. Louis City
- Nebraska - Cass, Douglas, Lancaster, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington