Air Pollution Control Program

National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program

The National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program contains the majority of funds appropriated to the Diesel Emission Reduction Act, also referred to as DERA. The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, directly distributes funding for eligible projects. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Air Pollution Control Program has been awarded numerous grants under this program in the past.

An application must meet two criteria in order to be considered eligible by EPA:

The Air Pollution Control Program has successfully applied for funding under this program several times in the past. In recent years, the Air Program has not submitted applications under this program; however, the Air Pollution Control Program worked with numerous eligible entities in Missouri that submitted applications under this program. In these past years, the Air Program put fleets in contact with these eligible entities so that they could be considered for inclusion in an application under this program. The Air Pollution Control Program will likely continue to support eligible entities in Missouri that are submitting applications under this program, and it is possible that the Air Program could apply directly for funding under this program again in the future. In both cases, the Air Pollution Control Program invites diesel fleet owners and operators to submit project ideas that could potentially be included in a future application under this program.

If you have any questions about the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program and the Air Program’s involvement, email question to the Air Pollution Control Program. Include your name, your organization’s name, telephone number and an email address. Allow at least two to three weeks for a response.

More information about this program and information about how to apply for funding directly from EPA is available on EPA’s website.

For future year funding, the Air Pollution Control Program invites diesel fleet owners and operators to submit project ideas that could potentially be included in a future application under this program. The different types of fleets that typically score the highest and therefore have the best change of being selected for an award are listed below.

School Buses | Marine Engines | Locomotives | Information for other Fleet Owners

Interested School Bus Owners and Operators

School buses operating on diesel fuel expose students to diesel exhaust, which contributes to and causes numerous negative health effects for young people. Children are much more susceptible to the negative effects of diesel emissions because they breathe at a faster rate than adults and because their respiratory and immune systems are still developing.

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The Air Pollution Control Program invites Missouri school districts with diesel school bus fleets to submit project ideas that could potentially be included on a future application under this program. If school bus fleets want to be included on an application, they will need to fill out a fleet description sheet for the project vehicles they are proposing to include in an application. To receive a blank fleet description sheet, email the Air Program. Typically, if a district is willing to install the equipment with their own resources, it strengthens the application, giving it a better chance to be selected to receive funding. Include your school district’s name, your name, telephone number and email address in the email .

The Air Pollution Control Program will coordinate with fleets that submit project ideas.  If the Air Program decides to apply directly to EPA for funding under this program in the future and is interested in including your fleet’s project idea in the application, then the Air Pollution Control Program would coordinate with your school district to gather the necessary information to develop the application.  Otherwise, the Air Program can provide contact information of other eligible entities that might be willing to include your project idea on a future application for funding under this program.

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Interested Marine Engine Owners and Operators

Marine engines emit disproportionately large amounts of diesel emissions. There are many ports located along the Mississippi River where tugboats operate nearly around the clock. Emission reduction strategies for marine engines can provide tremendous air quality benefits resulting in increased protection of public health.

The Air Pollution Control Program invites marine engine owners and operators located in Missouri to submit project ideas that could potentially be included on a future application under this program.  If fleet owners want to be included on an application, they will need to fill out a fleet description sheet for the marine vessels they are proposing to include in an application To receive a blank fleet description sheet, email the Air Pollution Control Program. Include your organization’s name, your name, telephone number and email address in the email. If your organization would be willing to provide any resources as match to supplement the project, include this information in the body of your email as well. Fleet owner match is sometimes required and also boosts the project’s cost effectiveness, thus strengthening the application, which increase the chances of receiving funding for the project.

The Air Pollution Control Program will coordinate with fleets that submit project ideas.  If the Air Program decides to apply directly to EPA for funding under this program in the future and is interested in including your fleet’s project idea in the application, then the Air Pollution Control Program would coordinate with the fleet owners to gather the necessary information to develop the application.  Otherwise, the Air Program can provide contact information of other eligible entities that might be willing to include your project idea on a future application for funding under this program.

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Interested Locomotive Fleet Owners and Operators

Locomotive engines emit disproportionately large amounts of diesel emissions as well. There are many rail yards located in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas. These yards each have numerous switch engine locomotives that operate nearly around the clock. Emission reduction strategies for locomotives can provide tremendous air quality benefits resulting in increased protection of public health.

The Air Program invites locomotive owners and operators with fleets located in Missouri to submit project ideas that could potentially be included on a future application under this program. If fleet owners want to be included on an application, they will need to fill out a fleet description sheet for the locomotives they are proposing to include in an application. Train To receive a blank fleet description sheet, email the Air Pollution Control Program. Include your organization's name, your name, telephone number and email address in the email. If your organization would be willing to provide any resources as match to supplement the project, include this information in the body of your email as well. Fleet owner match is sometimes and also boost the project’s cost effectiveness, thus strengthening the application, which increases the chances of receiving funding for the project.

The Air Pollution Control Program will coordinate with fleets that submit project ideas.  If the Air Program decides to apply directly to EPA for funding under this program in the future and is interested in including your fleet’s project idea in the application, then the Air Pollution Control Program would coordinate with the fleet owners to gather the necessary information to develop the application.  Otherwise, the Air Program can provide contact information of other eligible entities that might be willing to include your project idea on a future application for funding under this program.

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Other interested Fleet Owners and Operators

The Air Program also invites other diesel fleets to submit project ideas that could potentially be included on a future application under this program, including refuse haulers, dump trucks, construction equipment, short haul trucks, and long haul trucks. If fleet owners want to be included on an application, they will need to fill out a fleet description sheet for the locomotives they are proposing to include in an application.

To receive a blank fleet description sheet, email the Air Pollution Control Program. Include your organization's name, your name, telephone number and email address in the email. If your organization would be willing to provide any resources as match to supplement the project, include this information in the body of your email as well.

The Air Pollution Control Program will coordinate with fleets that submit project ideas.  If the Air Program decides to apply directly to EPA for funding under this program in the future and is interested in including your fleet’s project idea in the application, then the Air Pollution Control Program would coordinate with the fleet owners to gather the necessary information to develop the application.  Otherwise, the Air Program can provide contact information of other eligible entities that might be willing to include your project idea on a future application for funding under this program

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