Clean Air grants available to replace diesel fleets and equipment with clean alternatives

Clean Air grants from VW Settlement Fund now available to Nevada agencies, businesses to help replace diesel fleets and equipment with cleaner alternatives

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is excited to announce that up to $8 million in grant funding is now available to public and private agencies throughout the state to help replace medium- and heavy-duty diesel-powered vehicles and equipment – including freight trucks, delivery trucks, school buses, and transit buses – with low and zero emission alternatives to reduce air pollution and support a healthy, sustainable Nevada.

NDEP will be hosting an informational webinar for prospective applicants on Wednesday, November 3 at 2:30 p.m. For more information on how to participate in the webinar, please visit https://bit.ly/2ZPJWK3.

Grant applications are being accepted now through January 12, 2022. Apply today by visiting https://bit.ly/2ZPJWK3 or send your application to NevadaDEMF@ndep.nv.gov.

“Reducing pollution from diesel engines is a critical part of protecting the health of all Nevadans, and especially children and the elderly, who are the most sensitive to pollution from diesel emissions,” said NDEP Administrator Greg Lovato. “NDEP is looking forward to investing VW grant funding into projects that will help the Silver State drive towards a healthy, climate-resilient future.”

Nevada’s Clean Air grants are funded by the $25 million Volkswagen Settlement awarded to Nevada in 2017 after the auto company was found guilty of installing devices on its diesel vehicles to “cheat” emissions tests – letting up to 40 times the amount of allowable pollution to be released into the air.

 

Administered by NDEP, Nevada’s VW Settlement funds provide grants to help replace diesel engines with cleaner alternatives and technologies that reduce harmful air pollutants such as nitrogen oxide (NOx), particulate matter, and greenhouse gases. To date, NDEP has provided over $16.5 million in VW funds for projects that will collectively eliminate more than 800 tons of NOx vehicle pollution statewide, nearly one-and-a-half times the amount of NOx emitted by all VW cheating vehicles operating in Nevada.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/31aOf2X.