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Virginia Clean Diesel Project

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Funding - Fiscal Year 2019 - 2022

On August 20, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) a state Diesel Emission Reductions Act (DERA) grant for $326,561 for the 2019 Virginia Clean Diesel Project. This grant award was amended on August 8, 2020, which added $352,720 in supplemental federal funds for continued support of DEQ's DERA program, and extends the budget and project period to 9/30/2022.

The Virginia Clean Diesel grant project is implemented through a sub-agreement with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air management Administration (MARAMA). These grant funds are being used to continue to provide financial incentives for participants in the Virginia Port Authority Green Operators (GO) Program to replace older model drayage trucks newer trucks to reduce diesel emissions A listing of port drayage truck replacements accomplished through September 2020 with this funding can be accessed from this webpage.

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act State Grant Funding – Summary Accomplishments for FY 2008 – 2019

Virginia DEQ has been participating in the EPA’s State Clean Diesel Grant Program (the Program) since its inception (2008). These funds are primarily used to retrofit or replace old diesel dray trucks with newer and cleaner engine dray trucks to reduce emissions from carriers that service the Port of Virginia (the Port). Port activities generate significant diesel truck traffic in the surrounding metropolitan area.  The goals of this program funding are to reduce impacts of diesel particulate emissions and to prevent the deterioration of air quality in the Port’s metropolitan area.  As part of the Ozone Advance action plan, this program reduces emissions of ozone precursors, helping to ensure that the area continues to meet the 2008 Ozone NAAQS and the 2015 Ozone NAAQS. DEQ has received approximately $2 million in Program funds through FY 2019. These funds leveraged more than $882,000 in private sector funds and achieved significant emission benefits.

Pollutant NOx PM HC CO CO2 Total
Reductions
Lifetime Emissions Reduced 2008 - 2019 Funding (short tons)
2008-2011*
(87 retrofits and Replacements
87.63 18.86 30.72 132.44 1,864.80 2,134.45
2012-2013
(32 retrofits)
0.00 6.88 12.99 64.18 0.00 84.05
2014-2016
(6 retrofits and 13 replacements)
132.12 6.23 7.3 44.54 879.12 1,069.31
2017-2019
(18 replacements)
159.68 10.19 10.33 51.46 2,021.5 2,253.16
TOTAL 379.43 42.16 61.34 292.62 4,765.42 5,540.97

 

*Additional projects: Repowers of auxiliary engines in tugs on the James River I-64 Express Barge Service, recognition of motor coach and bus drivers for not idling in the Metro DC area, and support for the switch to low sulfur fuel for Maersk vessels at berth at VPA facilities as part of VPA’s GO Program

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Funding - Fiscal Year 2017 - 2018

On August 29, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) a state Diesel Emission Reductions Act (DERA) grant 96352901 in the amount of $255,042. On September 18, 2018, EPA awarded DEQ $277,292 in state DERA funds through an amendment to grant 9635290. These grants enable DEQ to administer the DERA project through a sub-agreement with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air management Administration (MARAMA). These state DERA funds provide financial incentives for participants in the Virginia Port Authority Green Operators (GO) Program to replace older model drayage trucks with newer trucks to reduce diesel emissions.  A listing of port drayage truck replacements accomplished with this funding can be accessed from this webpage.

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Funding - Fiscal Years 2014-2016

On September 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) grant 96332201 in the amount of $94,435 for the Virginia Clean Diesel project. EPA amended this award with Modification Number 2 on September 22, 2015 & October 15, 2015 and increased the grant funding by $146,747 for a grand total of $241,182.

EPA amended this award again with Modification Number 3 on September 16, 2016 and increased the grant funding by $224,501 for a grand total federal funding of $465,683.

This award enables 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. The GO program encourages truck companies and individual owner/operators serving the Port to install verified diesel retrofit devices or to replace older dray trucks with newer dray trucks to reduce emissions from carriers registered with the Virginia Port Authority.  

The project period is October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2017 and provides a rebate of up to $6,000 per vehicle to offset the cost of purchase and installation of verified emission control devices. It also provides a rebate of up to $30,000 per truck to replace older dray trucks with newer trucks equipped with diesel particulate filters (DPF) and  selective catalytic reduction (SCR)  technologies. Approximately 6 dray trucks will be retrofitted with diesel filters and 13 older dray trucks will be replaced. A description of the project, program priorities, anticipated outcomes, and detailed budget information can be found in the Virginia Clean Diesel Grant workplan.

DEQ is administering the project through a subrecipient agreement with MARAMA.  On October 3, 2014, DEQ awarded contract 15915 to MARAMA in the amount of $92,422 to perform the work on the Virginia Clean Diesel project.   The contract was amended by Contract Modification 1 on October 1, 2015 to increase the amount by $144,624 for a grand total of $237,046. 

The contract was amended again by Contract Modification 2 on October 18, 2016 to increase the amount by $217,112 for a grand total of $454,158.

A complete listing of drayage truck retrofits and replacements accomplished under this grant agreement can be found on this website.

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Funding - Fiscal Years 2012-2013

On September 10, 2012, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had awarded the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) a grant in the amount of $153,543 for the Virginia Clean Diesel Project. EPA amended this award on September 12, 2013 and increased the grant funding by $84,849 for a grand total of $238,398.

This award has enabled DEQ to partner with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association(MARAMA), to provide financial incentives (rebates) for participants in 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 EPA’s amended award extends the project period (originally October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013) to September 30, 2014. DEQ has been administering the project through a subagreement with MARAMA. In November 2012, DEQ had 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. This grant contract with MARAMA will be amended to increase the funding by $80,952 for a grand total of $229,271.

This project provides a rebate of up to $6,000 per vehicle to offset the cost of purchase and installation of verified emission control devices. A total of approximately 31 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 revised workplan.

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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