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Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

In 2005, the U.S. Congress passed the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) as an amendment to the Energy Policy Act. DERA was designed to reduce diesel emissions from existing diesel fleets that did not meet the recently adopted federal emission standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for overseeing and distributing the DERA funds. For more information visit the EPA website at Clean Diesel and DERA Funding.

There are four different pools of funding within DERA. The four different funding pools are:


State Allocated DERA Funding

The State allocation program divides non-competitive funding among all 50 states. The states are responsible for implementing and overseeing funding. Funding must be used to develop grant or low-cost revolving loan programs to fund clean diesel projects.

New Mexico Projects

The goal of the New Mexico Clean Diesel Program is to reduce the amount of air pollution created by diesel-fueled heavy-duty trucks and buses to which the residents of New Mexico are exposed.

Since 2008, the Air Quality Bureau has administered grant funds for qualifying diesel emissions reduction projects. Grant funds has been used for the following projects in New Mexico:

  • Bloomfield School District – School bus retrofits
  • Central Consolidated School District – School bus retrofits
  • City of Deming – Early off-road vehicle replacement (partial funding)
  • Farmington School District – School bus retrofits
  • Gallup/McKinley County School District – School bus retrofits
  • New Mexico Association of Food Banks – Dock outlets for trailer refrigeration units, aerodynamic fairings, and low rolling resistance tires
  • Taos County – Early vehicle replacement (partial funding)
  • City of Santa Fe – Early vehicle replacement of diesel vehicles with natural gas vehicles (partial funding)

 


What Is a Retrofit?

Typically, a diesel retrofit involves the installation of an emission control device to reduce emissions from engine exhaust and the installation of equipment to reduce engine idling.

Why Retrofit?

Installing retrofit equipment has significant public health benefits. The installation of diesel emission reduction equipment will have immediate and lasting results in protecting New Mexico residents, children, and other sensitive populations from harmful emissions including fine particles, ozone and air toxics that can exacerbate asthma and other respiratory symptoms.

Measured benefits from reducing diesel exhaust emissions include:

  • Fewer incidences and reduced severity of illnesses such as asthma and other chronic respiratory illness
  • Fewer lost school days and work days
  • Fewer hospital visits due to respiratory illness
  • Reduced cancer risks for occupational levels of exposure and from ordinary outdoor air exposure

Volkswagen Settlement

The Environment Department is the lead agency in New Mexico for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement. Please go to the Volkswagen Settlement website for additional information. https://www.env.nm.gov/vw-settlement/


Please contact Bob Spillers at (505) 476-4324 or by email at robert.spillers@state.nm.us for additional information regarding potential funding for qualified projects.

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