For Immediate Release
July 5, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Diesel Emissions Reductions Grant Money Available for Kansans

Topeka—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has received funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use in a new round of Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) State grants in Kansas. 

KDHE will be awarding more than $250,000 to Kansas diesel fleet owners, and is now accepting applications. The new competition is open for the owners or operators to apply for financial assistance to improve their diesel equipment and reduce the amount of emissions given off by diesel fuel use.

Schools, construction and trucking companies, municipalities and other organizations can enter the competition for funds. Several types of projects are available that will allow engines to burn cleaner and reduce idling time.

This grant round is the latest of a series of awards that the EPA has provided to Kansas to help equipment owners improve their diesel engines. Some past grant winners include school districts, trucking companies and construction equipment owners. Organizations that can contribute matching funds and those located in high population density areas are scored higher during the selection process for award winners. 

Future grant rounds from KDHE will be announced as the money becomes available. For information about the grants and how to apply, go to the KDHE Bureau of Environment website www.kdheks.gov/bar/air-monitor/dieselgrant.html, or contact Joyce Barrett at jbarrett@kdheks.gov

The deadline for submitting an application for this grant is August 15.