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Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA 2020) Request for Proposals

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association on behalf of the Mid-Atlantic Diesel Collaborative plans to submit an application to EPA Region 3 in response to its upcoming RFP for the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance program (DERA). We are seeking Preliminary Applications from interested participants.

Targeted fleets/projects include:

Medium and Heavy-duty trucks

Marine engines 

Marine Shore connections                                                                                              


Electrified Parking Spaces

Electric Vehicles

Idle Reduction Technologies

Non-road engines or vehicles used in:


Cargo Handling (including at a port or airport)

School Buses 



Energy Production

Information needed from you:

  1. 1. Depending on the number, nature and costs of preliminary applications received, MARAMA will decide which projects will be selected based on consideration of factors described in EPA’s RFP. To be considered for inclusion as part of the MARAMA/MDC proposal, please provide the information described below:
  • · Program Title
  • · Short Project description (retrofit 40 school buses with DPF’s, or repower 10 construction vehicles etc.)
  • · Project Leader Contact Information (name, organization, email, phone, fax)
  • · Project Partners (if applicable)
  • · Fleet Description – type of vehicle, number of engines, engine horse power, usage rates per year, and technologies to be used to reduce emissions.
  • · Project cost, Requested grant Support, and Cost Share to be provided by the applicant. Grant support and cost share should be limited to equipment and labor for installation of equipment. (Depending on the emission reduction project, grant amounts may range from 25% to 100% of the project cost.)
  • · Timeline for project completion, including milestones for specific tasks, such as bidding, procurement, installation, and reports. Timeline for project should be no more than 18 months.
  • · Estimated Diesel Emissions Reduction: (please use EPA’s Emissions Quantifier)
  • · Estimated fuel savings to be achieved by this project.
  1. 2. Project location – including whether the project is located in a priority area for the DERA program and/or EPA Region 3 priority areas. These include:
  • · Designated PM2.5 or 8-hr ozone nonattainment areas or maintenance areas
    areas where all or part of the population is exposed to more than 2.0 ug/m3 of diesel PM emissions based on EPA’s 2011 National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment
    Areas designated as federal Class I Areas
  • · Areas that EPA has accepted to participate in EPA’s Ozone or PM2.5 Advance Programs
  • · Urban areas in Region 3
  • · Areas along interstate goods movement corridors
  • · Ports
  1. 3. Description of how this project supports a community-based, multi-stakeholder collaborative process to reduce diesel emissions


MARAMA will work with a technical review committee from the mid-Atlantic region to select projects for inclusion in the proposal.

Each project leader selected for the MARAMA application would prepare project specific data and supply a financial proposal.

MARAMA would prepare the general contents of the application, including the narrative and budget details based on partner input.

If a grant is awarded, MARAMA will sign MOA’s with partners included as part of the grant. MARAMA would seek to issue subawards not contracts.

Please forward preliminary applications by December 15, 2019 to:

Debbie Thomas, Program Manager



dthomas [at] marama.org

2018 DERA School Bus Rebate Program

Applications Being Accepted

Deadline to Apply - November 6, 2018 (4 p.m. ET)

We are excited to announce a funding opportunity for school bus fleets that serve public schools. EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is accepting applications nationwide for rebates to assist in replacing old, dirty diesel school buses with new school buses meeting the cleanest emission standards. EPA anticipates awarding over $9 million in this funding opportunity.

Eligible Entities

Regional, state, or tribal agencies including school districts and municipalities; or

Private entities that operate school buses under a contract with an entity listed above.

Applications are limited to 10 buses. Fleets that own more than 100 buses can submit two applications.

Selection Process

Lottery, with at least one selectee from each state/territory represented in the applicant pool.

We are excited to announce a funding opportunity for school bus fleets that serve public schools. EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is accepting applications nationwide for rebates to assist in replacing old, dirty diesel school buses with new school buses meeting the cleanest emission standards. EPA anticipates awarding over $9 million in this funding opportunity.



The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) launched the NASEO & NACAA Volkswagen Settlement Clearinghouse - an online resource of state and local governments as they develop plans and implement projects under the settlement's $2.9 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust and coordinate with Volkswagen subsidiary Electrify American and other major automakers on zero-emission vehicle infrastructure investments. Use this link to visit the clearinghouse website  http://www.vwclearinghouse.org/


Attention Fleet Owners

Grant funds available to replace your old diesel equipment



PA-DE Diesel Truck Replacement Program                                       

Did you know that newer and cleaner diesel equipment can lower emissions in your community, reduce fuel consumption, improve engine reliability, extend the life of equipment, and lower maintenance costs?

PA-DE Diesel Truck Replacement Program is a grant funded program that will provide up to $30,000 down payment to qualified fleets that wish to upgrade their equipment and help improve air quality in the Philadelphia and Wilmington port areas.

New cleaner diesel engines will improve the work environment for operators and can help a company stay competitive in the transportation industry – all while reducing harmful emissions.

Facts about the PA-DE Truck Replacement Program:

  • Purchase newer class 8 trucks with diesel engine model year 2012 or newer and receive up to $30,000 in down payment funds.
  • Multiple trucks can be replaced.
  • Old engines must be scrapped.
  • Down payments are provided quickly minimizing down time.

Program eligibility criteria:

  • Must serve the Philadelphia or Wilmington port community or goods movement facilities regularly.
  • Old truck engine must be between the years of 1996 – 2006
  • In order to get started, a simple application with truck information will be required.


If you are interested in participating, please contact Medessa Burian at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-405-7371

Program managed by Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association (MARAMA)

8600 LaSalle Road, Ste. 636

Baltimore, MD 21286


Department of Justice Submits Amended Partial Consent Decree for Volkswagen Case (September 30, 2016) 

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has submitted for court approval an amended Partial Consent Decree related to Volkswagen’s alleged illegal use of emission control "defeat devices" on nearly 500,000 2.0-liter diesel vehicles of Model Years 2009 through 2015. Under the proposed settlements, VW agreed, among other things, to pay $2.7 billion for a Mitigation Trust Fund to be allocated among states and tribes for pollution reduction projects. On June 28, 2016, the parties (including DOJ, EPA, the California Air Resources Board and Volkswagen) announced a proposed consent decree and requested public comment. NACAA submitted comments on the proposal on August 2, 2016.

Based on the input received from the public and further negotiations among the parties, revisions to the partial consent decree were agreed upon and have been submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for final approval (U.S. v. Volkswagen AG, et al, Case No. 3:16-cv-00295). The revisions are not extensive – largely limited to Appendix D of the proposed consent decree – and are highlighted in a red-lined version of the document. Among the changes are allowing beneficiaries (e.g., states) 90 days after being 3 deemed a beneficiary to submit a “Beneficiary Mitigation Plan” that summarizes how the funds will be used. The proposed settlement originally called for plans to be submitted within 30 days. Additionally, the amended plan allows newer engines to be eligible under the program (up to model year 2009, rather than model year 2006), provides greater flexibility with respect to the percentage of the costs of repowering and replacement that are permitted to be covered and increases the amount of administrative expenses that may be claimed from 10 percent to 15 percent of the total cost of an eligible mitigation action.

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Volkswagen Clean Air Act Partial Settlement

(Washington, D.C.) - On June 28, 2016, the United States lodged with the court a settlement with automakers Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., and Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC (collectively “Volkswagen”).  The settlement partially resolves allegations that Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act (“CAA”) by the sale of approximately 500,000 model year 2009 to 2015 motor vehicles containing 2.0 liter diesel engines equipped with “defeat devices” (“CAA 2.0 liter partial settlement”).  The allegations were set forth in a complaint filed by the United States on January 4, 2016, on behalf of the EPA, alleging that these vehicles are equipped with defeat devices in the form of computer software designed to cheat on federal emissions tests.  The settlement is a partial settlement because it only addresses what Volkswagen must do to address the 2.0 liter cars on the road and the pollution from these vehicles, and does not address other aspects of the United States’ complaint. The major excess pollutant at issue in this case is oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and is a serious health concern. To learn more about the settlement, please visit the EPA website by clicking on this link.  https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/volkswagen-clean-air-act-partial-settlement

EPA Reports to Congress on Benefits of DERA Program (March 23, 2016)

EPA published its Third Report to Congress: Highlights from the Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA). In the report, EPA provides final results from grants awarded in fiscal years (FY) 2009 through 2011 and estimated results from grants funded in FYs 2011 through 2013. EPA reports that, overall, DERA grants have improved air quality and public health; served disproportionately affected communities; reduced climate impacts and improved fuel savings; focused on goods movement and the supply chain; generated economic and environmental activity; and responded to popular demand. In addition to preventing up to 1,700 premature deaths, the program has reduced 4,836,100 tons of carbon dioxide, 312,500 tons of nitrogen oxides, 58,700 tons of carbon monoxide, 18,900 tons of hydrocarbon and 12,000 tons of particulate matter and saved 431 million gallons of fuel. Under the DERA program, $520 million in funds have been awarded and 58,000 engines have been retrofitted or replaced; the monetized health benefits reach as high as $11 billion with 81 percent of projects targeted to areas facing air quality challenges. For further information: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-03/documents/420r16004.pdf