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ARRA Funding in New Mexico

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Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding: State Clean Diesel Grant Program

New Mexico was awarded up to $1.73 million from EPA for reducing diesel emissions and sustaining/creating jobs through a one-time Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) federal grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

The NMED awarded a total of $1,570,710 to replace, re-power, and retrofit diesel engines, and install auxiliary power units on heavy-duty on- and off-road diesel-fueled vehicles in New Mexico. These projects created or preserved jobs, boosted local economies, reduced diesel emissions and protected human health and the environment.

The projects significantly reduced particular matter, nitrogen oxides, and carbon monoxide emissions which can help reduce premature deaths, asthma attacks and other respiratory ailments, as well as reduce lost work days. Additional benefits include significant fuel savings and associated operational costs.

The recipients of the ARRA/DERA funding and their projects were as follows:

  • Capone Enterprises/All American Waste Removal – $200,000. All American Waste Removal replaced one existing refuse hauler with one that meets the 2010 emissions standards for on-road, heavy-duty diesel-fueled trucks.
  • City of Albuquerque – $642,699. The City of Albuquerque used funds to retrofit city-owned vehicles with diesel oxidation catalysts, diesel particulate filters, and closed crank case ventilation systems, fuel operated heaters, and auxiliary power units.
  • East/West Transport – $10,153. East/West Transport installed one auxiliary power unit.
  • San Miguel County – $515,858. San Miguel County replaced three county-owned vehicles with trucks that meet the 2010 emissions standards for on-road, heavy-duty diesel-fueled trucks.
  • Taos County – $202,000. Taos County replaced one existing county-owned truck with one that meets the 2010 emissions standards for on-road, heavy-duty diesel-fueled trucks.

This presentation provides details on the clean diesel projects implemented within the state.

Current Clean Diesel Projects in New Mexico

In New Mexico, grant funds administered through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act  are being used for the implementation of clean diesel projects throughout the State. See the list of projects New Mexico has funded.

How to Apply

If you are interested in reducing diesel emissions in your fleet and want to propose a project under the DERA program, please contact Robert Spillers at 505-476-4324 or email at NMED will evaluate the costs and benefits of the project and prioritize it among others under consideration.


For more information on the grant program, clean diesel programs and health effects of emissions from diesel engines, click on the following links.

   EPA National Clean Diesel Campaign

    Clean School Bus USA


Health Effects of Diesel Exhaust Particulate Matter


Frequently Asked Questions about the Installation of Emission Control Technology on Existing Diesel Engines


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