IDEM to Distribute Awards for Indiana Clean Air Projects

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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee say Round 2 of the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Program’s grant funding will distribute awards ranging from $50,000 to $2 million. Total available funding for this round is $9.83 million.

Grant money will be awarded to clean air projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions across Indiana. Example projects include replacing older, higher-emission diesel garbage trucks with newer compressed natural gas vehicles or replacing old diesel school buses with new clean-diesel, alternative fuel or electric buses. 

Some of the Round 1 projects included replacing diesel-powered school buses with electric and propane-powered buses, diesel-powered transit buses with electric and CNG-powered transit buses, and diesel-powered refuse haulers with CNG-powered refuse haulers, as well as one diesel-powered switcher locomotive being replaced with an electric-powered rail car mover.

The Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Program is a statewide program supported with funds from Indiana’s portion of the national Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund. The program is focused on equipment and vehicle repowers and replacements with newer, cleaner alternatives of various fuel types. 

The program will post separate, additional solicitations for the Light-duty Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) components of the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Program. The committee expects to select projects by June with funds awarded soon thereafter.

Public and private entities may submit applications, and the request for proposals deadline is May 31.

Application information can be found here.

Photo: IDEM’s landing page

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