National Clean Diesel Emissions Reduction Program

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, 42 U.S.C.

16131 et seq., as amended, authorization includes the authority for EPA to award grants, rebates and low-cost revolving loans to eligible entities to fund the costs of a retrofit technology that significantly reduces emissions through implementation

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of a certified engine configuration, verified technology, or emerging technology for buses (including school buses), medium heavy-duty or heavy heavy-duty diesel trucks, marine engines, locomotives, or nonroad engines or diesel vehicles or equipment used in construction, handling of cargo (including at port or airport), agriculture, mining, or energy production.

In addition, eligible entities may also use funds awarded for programs or projects to reduce long-duration idling using verified technology involving a vehicle or equipment described above.

The objective of the assistance under this program is to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and reductions in diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.

Projects should also focus on promoting environmental justice (EJ).

EJ is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.





Funding Priority for 2017

The National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program aims to work aggressively to reduce the pollution emitted from diesel engines across the country through the implementation of varied control strategies and involvement of national, state, and local partners.

Priority shall be given to projects which achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating at or servicing goods movement facilities located in areas designated as having poor air quality.

Further, priority for funding may be given to projects which result in outcomes that benefit affected communities, those that engage local communities with respect to the design and performance of the project, and those which can demonstrate the ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended.

Poor air quality areas include areas in nonattainment or maintenance of national ambient air quality standards for PM2.5 and Ozone, and areas with toxic air pollutant concerns.

In FY 2017, projects were competed and funded under the Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2017 Request for Proposals, and the Tribal Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2017 Request for Proposals.

Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program grants and SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program grants were not funded in FY2017.


Funding Priority 2018

The National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program aims to work aggressively to reduce the pollution emitted from diesel engines across the country through the implementation of varied control strategies and involvement of national, state, and local partners.

Priority shall be given to projects which achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating at or servicing goods movement facilities located in areas designated as having poor air quality.

Further, priority for funding may be given to projects which result in outcomes that benefit affected communities, those that engage local communities with respect to the design and performance of the project, and those which can demonstrate the ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended.

Poor air quality areas include areas in nonattainment or maintenance of national ambient air quality standards for PM2.5 and Ozone, and areas with toxic air pollutant concerns.

In FY 2018, projects will be competed and funded under the Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2018 Request for Proposals, and the Tribal Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2018 Request for Proposals.

Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program grants and SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program grants will not be funded in FY2018.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Projects include a variety of diesel emissions reductions solutions such as: add-on emission control retrofit technologies; idle reduction technologies; cleaner fuel use; engine replacement; engine upgrades; and vehicle or equipment replacement.

Eligible vehicles, engines and equipment may include: buses (including school buses); Class 5 Class 8 heavy-duty diesel trucks; marine engines; locomotives; and non-road engines or vehicles used in: i) construction; ii) handling or cargo (including at a port or airport); iii) agriculture; iv) mining; or v) energy production (including stationary engines such as generators or pumps).

Fiscal Year 2017: Projects include a variety of diesel emissions reductions solutions such as: add-on emission control retrofit technologies; idle reduction technologies; cleaner fuel use; engine replacement; engine upgrades; vehicle or equipment replacement, and alternative fuel conversions.

Eligible vehicles, engines and equipment may include: buses (including school buses); Class 5 Class 8 heavy-duty diesel trucks; marine engines; locomotives; and nonroad engines or vehicles used in: i) construction; ii) handling or cargo (including at a port or airport); iii) agriculture; iv) mining; or v) energy production (including stationary engines such as generators or pumps).

Fiscal Year 2018: NA.


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

EPA encourages potential applicants to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Northwest Seaport Alliance, The $ 1,000,000   2019-10-012022-09-30
Georgia Ports Authority $ 1,100,000   2018-01-012022-03-31
Mid-atlantic Regional Air Management Association Inc $ 1,384,989   2019-10-012021-12-31
Port Authority Of New York & New Jersey, The $ 1,750,000   2017-09-042021-12-31
St Petersburg, City Of $ 1,251,360   2020-01-012021-12-31
Port Authority Of New York & New Jersey, The $ 2,000,000   2019-01-012021-12-31
Long Beach, City Of $ 1,500,000   2019-10-012021-09-30
James Madison University $ 1,838,727   2019-10-012021-09-30
Health And Environmental Control, South Carolina Department Of $ 2,000,000   2019-10-012021-09-30
Stamford, City Of $ 568,750   2019-10-012021-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: For a list of awarded grants, visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants and www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-tribal-grants. Fiscal Year 2017: For a list of awarded grants, visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants and www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-tribal-grants. Fiscal Year 2018: NA.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance agreements are available to support recipient's allowable costs incident to supporting projects to reduce emissions from diesel engines, plus allowable indirect costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations.

No grant, rebate or loan provided under this section shall be used to fund the costs of emissions reductions that are mandated under Federal law.

Voluntary or elective emission reduction measures shall not be considered 'mandated', regardless of whether the reductions are included in the State implementation plan of a State.

Distribution of Funds: 1) not less than 95 percent of funds available for a fiscal year under the DERA National Clean Diesel Emissions Reduction Program shall be provided to eligible entities for projects using a certified engine configuration or a verified technology and 2) not more than 5 percent of funds available for a fiscal year under the DERA National Clean Diesel Emissions Reduction Program shall be provided to eligible entities for the development and commercialization and implementation of emerging technologies. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.

Generally this program makes Federal awards on a discretionary basis.

For further information, please contact the Headquarters or regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are: A regional, State, local or tribal agency or port authority with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality; and a nonprofit organization or institution that represents or provides pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets; or has, as its principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality are eligible for assistance under this program.

City, county, or municipal agencies, school districts, and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) that have jurisdiction over transportation or air quality are all eligible entities under this program to the extent that they fall within the definition above.

For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, Local, Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization, Anyone/General Public.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with found at 2 CFR 225, for State and local governments and Indian Tribes, found at 2 CFR 220, for educational institutions, found at 2 CFR 230, for nonprofit institutions. Federal cost principles applicable to for-profit entities are located at 48 CFR Part 31, with the exception of the method of payment to for-profit sub recipients must be 'reimbursement' rather than 'advance'. Applicants may be requested to demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects. Applicants may be requested to demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement.

For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as 'Information Contacts' or see Appendix IV of the Catalog.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Energy Policy Act of 2005, Title VII, Part G, 42 U.S.C 16131.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 180 days after the request for applications.

Appeals

Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as 'Information Contacts.' Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.

Renewals

Generally, EPA fully funds assistance agreements under this program.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: There is statutory no requirement for a matching contribution from applicants. However, FY2017 programmatic policy requires a mandatory match for certain types of projects (engine upgrades, idle reduction technologies, engine replacements, vehicle/equipment replacements, and alternative fuel conversions). Applicants may use their own funds or other sources for cost-share if the standards of 2 CFR Part 200, as applicable, are met. If the proposed cost-share is to be provided by a named project partner, a letter of commitment is required. Other federal grants may not be used as cost-share under this program unless the statute authorizing the other federal funding provides that the federal funds may be used to meet a cost-share requirement on a federal grant. Projects involving engine upgrades, idle reduction technologies, marine shore connection systems, electrification parking space technologies, engine replacements, vehicle/equipment replacements, and alternative fuel conversions are subject to the following funding limitations and mandatory cost-share requirements:Engine Upgrades and Remanufacture Systems: EPA will fund up to 40% of the cost (labor and equipment) of an eligible engine upgrade or remanufacture system (i.e. applicants are responsible for cost-sharing at least 60% of the cost). ? Highway Idle Reduction Technologies: EPA will fund up to 25% of the cost (labor and equipment) of eligible idle reduction technologies on long-haul trucks and school buses (i.e. applicants are responsible for cost-sharing at least 75% of the cost). ?Locomotive Idle Reduction Technologies: EPA will fund up to 40% of the cost (labor and equipment) of an eligible idle reduction technology on a locomotive (i.e. applicants are responsible for cost-sharing at least 60% of the cost). ?Marine Shore Connection Systems: EPA will fund up to 25% of the cost (labor and equipment) of an eligible marine shore connection system (i.e. applicants are responsible for cost-sharing at least 70% of the cost). ?Electrified Parking Space Technologies: EPA will fund up to 30% of the cost (labor and equipment) of an eligible electrified parking space technology (i.e. applicants are responsible for cost-sharing at least 70% of the cost). ?Engine Replacement: EPA will fund up to 40% of the cost (labor and equipment) of an eligible engine replacement with an engine certified to EPA emission standards (i.e. applicants are responsible for cost-sharing at least 60% of the cost). EPA will fund up to 50% of the cost (labor and equipment) of an eligible engine replacement with an engine certified to CARB?s Optional Low-NOx Standards (i.e. applicants are responsible for cost sharing at least 50% of the cost). EPA will fund up to 60% of the cost (labor and equipment) of an eligible engine replacement with an electric motor or electric power source (i.e. applicants are responsible for cost sharing at least 40% of the cost). ? Vehicle/Equipment Replacement: Locomotive and Nonroad Diesel Vehicles and Equipment: EPA will fund up to 25% of the cost of an eligible vehicle or piece of equipment powered by an engine certified to EPA emission standards (i.e. applicants are responsible for cost-sharing at least 75% of the cost). EPA will fund up to 45% of the cost of an eligible all-electric vehicle or piece of equipment (i.e. applicants are responsible for cost-sharing at least 55% of the cost). Highway Diesel Vehicles: EPA will fund up to 25% of the cost of an eligible vehicle powered by an engine certified to EPA emission standards (i.e. applicants are responsible for cost-sharing at least 75% of the cost). EPA will fund up to 35% of an eligible vehicle powered by an engine certified to meet CARB?s Optional Low-NOx Standards (i.e. applicants are responsible for cost-sharing at least 65% of the cost). EPA will fund up to 45% of the cost of an eligible all-electric vehicle (i.e. applicants are responsible for cost-sharing at least 55% of the cost). Drayage Vehicle Replacement: EPA will fund up to 50% of the cost of an eligible drayage truck powered by a 2012 model year or newer certified engine (i.e., applicants are responsible for cost-sharing at least 50% of the cost). ?Clean Alternative Fuel Conversion: EPA will fund up to 40% of the cost (labor and equipment) of an eligible certified or compliant clean alternative fuel conversion (i.e., applicants are responsible for cost-sharing at least 60% of the cost). This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The assistance agreements funded under the National Clean Diesel Emissions Reduction Program typically have a two-year project period with the possibility for extension up to a five-year project period. FY 2017 is the tenth year of funding for this Program, in addition to the FY 2009 supplemental funding received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA or Recovery Act). See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance agreements may be fully (lump sum) funded.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements.

Agreements may require quarterly, interim and final progress reports, and financial, equipment, and invention reports.

Specific reporting requirements are also identified in the Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200.

Grantees are required to submit program reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Monitoring and Reporting Program Performance requirements stated in the Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200.

Grantees are required to submit financial reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Financial Reporting and Financial Management Systems requirements stated in the Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200.

Grantees are required to submit progress reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Monitoring and Reporting Program Performance requirements stated in the Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200.

No expenditure reports are required.

Grantees are required to perform performance monitoring in accordance with Agency policy and requirements stated in the Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.

Records

Recipients must keep financial records, including all documents supporting entries in accounting records and to substantiate changes in grants available to personnel authorized to examine EPA recipient grants and cooperative agreement records. Recipients must maintain all records until 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure reports. If questions, such as those raised as a result of an audit remain following the 3-year period, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0103-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $35,000,000; FY 17 est $34,000,000; and FY 18 est $34,000,000 - FY2016 $35 million; FY2017 $34 million; FY2018 $34 million(Projected).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Smaller grants typically range from $100,000 - $300,000 with an average award of $125,000. Larger grants typically range from $500,000 - $2 million with an average award of $650,000. Recovery Act Funding awarded under the National Clean Diesel Emissions Reduction Program totaled $205,800,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Diesel Emissions Reduction program assistance agreements are subject to the Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200, as applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. EPA encourages potential applicants to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Jennifer Keller, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Mail Code: 6405J, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: keller.jennifer@epa.gov Phone: (202) 343-9541.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.



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