Emission reduction grant deadline extended


The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is extending the deadline to apply for funding through its Reduce Emissions from Diesels program also known as “Go RED.”

Public and private entities and nonprofit organizations in Arkansas that own and operate eligible diesel equipment can apply to receive funding under the program. Organizations can receive up to $50,000. About $250,000 is available in all.

Projects that are selected for awards must reduce diesel emissions in Arkansas. Projects will be given priority if they conserve diesel fuel, are cost-effective and maximize public health benefits. Projects that are in populous areas will also be given priority. Eligible equipment includes buses, trucks, marine engines and non-road engines.

Emissions can be reduced by employing exhaust controls, engine upgrades, idle reduction technologies, engine replacement and vehicle/equipment replacement.

The funding is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and distributed by ADEQ. Since October 2008, when the program was launched, more than $1.1 million in grants have been awarded in Arkansas.

The deadline for ADEQ to receive proposals is Dec. 20, 2012. Awards will be made by mid January. Projects must be completed by Aug. 31, 2013. Applications and guidelines for “Go RED” funding can be found on the ADEQ website at www.adeq.state.ar.us under “Hot Topics.”