On September 10, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) a grant in the amount of $153,543 for the Virginia Clean Diesel Project. This award will enable DEQ to partner with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association (MARAMA), to provide financial incentives (rebates) for participants in the Virginia Port Authority Green Operator (GO) Program which encourages truck companies and individual owner/operators serving the Port to install verified diesel retrofit devices to reduce emissions from carriers registered with the Virginia Port Authority.
The project period is October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013 and DEQ will administer the project through a subagreement with MARAMA in the amount of $148,319. This project will provide a rebate of up to $6,000 per vehicle to offset the cost of purchase and installation of verified emission control devices. Up to 20 dray trucks will be retrofitted with diesel filters. A description of the project, program priorities, anticipated outcomes and detailed budget information can be found in the Virginia Clean Diesel Grant workplan.
In November 2012, DEQ awarded a contract to MARAMA in the amount of $148,319 to perform work on the Virginia Clean Diesel Project. Details regarding the subrecipient agreement can be found in the grant contract.