Ohio EPA Announces $13 million in VW Grants for Fleets

On December 12, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio EPA Director Laurie Stevenson announced $13 million in grants will be awarded to 41 entities, including more than a dozen Ohio school districts, to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles and equipment.

“These funds will help local communities replace school buses and trucks powered by aging diesel engines in areas that do not meet federal air quality standards for ozone,” said Governor DeWine. “By replacing these old vehicles with new, clean models, we will reduce pollution to help create a healthier environment for everyone.”

Nitrogen oxide emissions are significant contributors to ground-level ozone pollution. Ohio EPA estimates this year’s grants will remove 49.8 tons of nitrogen oxide and 23.3 tons of other air pollutants annually. “These funds allow Ohio EPA to address large emission sources like locomotives, tugboats, and diesel cargo handling equipment,” said Laurie A. Stevenson, Ohio EPA Director.

The grant program is investing $75 million over 10 years to reduce nitrogen oxide pollution in Ohio. The U.S. EPA and the state of California took action against Volkswagen and its affiliated companies for violations against the Clean Air Act. The grants are funded from this enforcement and are allocated to Ohio from the resulting settlement. This is the second year of the program. Selection considerations were given for specific, targeted reduction categories (e.g. school and transit buses, heavy duty trucks, airport ground-support equipment) and to vehicle replacement projects that would produce the largest reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions for the grant dollars invested.

The organizations and businesses receiving grants were selected by a committee of Ohio EPA and Ohio Department of Transportation representatives. The next opportunity to submit grant applications online is June 1-Aug. 7, 2020. Ohio EPA has posted a copy the state’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for spending these funds on the Agency’s VW program webpage.

If you are interested in applying for the next round of funding with Clean Fuels Ohio’s assistance, contact Andrew Conley, Consulting Services Director at 614-884-7336 or at andrew@cleanfuelsohio.org. Also contact Clean Fuels Ohio if you are interested in applying for funding under the upcoming EV Charging Station rounds of Ohio EPA VW Program or have any questions.

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