Availability of Grants through the Marine and Rail Freight Movers Grant Program
[50 Pa.B. 6323]
[Saturday, November 7, 2020]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces an opportunity to apply for approximately $8.7 million in grants offered through the Marine and Rail Freight Movers Grant Program (Program), one of the new programs under the Driving PA Forward Initiative. This funding is available for eligible diesel emission reduction projects that will improve air quality and protect public health and the environment by reducing emissions from switcher locomotives, ferries and tugboats.
The Department is seeking applications for projects that will: (1) repower or replace diesel-powered, pre-Tier 4 freight switcher locomotives, that operate 1,000 hours or more per year, with any new United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or California Air Resources Board-certified (if required) diesel, alternative fuel or all-electric engine: or (2) repower or upgrade unregulated, Tier 1 or Tier 2, diesel-powered marine engines in ferries or tugboats with an EPA certified remanufactured system or an EPA verified engine upgrade. Other restrictions may apply. Public and private entities that own or operate eligible freight switcher locomotives, ferries or tugboats (towboats) throughout this Commonwealth should apply. These entities may include school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, State agencies, nonprofit entities, corporations, limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in this Commonwealth, air quality or transportation organizations, and metropolitan or rural planning organizations.
The Department will not reimburse grant recipients for project costs incurred prior to the grant performance period set forth in the applicable grant agreement. The Program guidelines and application instructions are available on the Department's Driving PA Forward webpage at www.depgis.state.pa.us/DrivingPAForward.
A recorded presentation providing an overview of the Program and application process will available on the Department's Driving PA Forward webpage during the application period. Interested applicants with questions or to request clarification about the presentation or Program documents may contact the Bureau of Air Quality at email@example.com or (717) 787-9495.
All applications must be submitted online through the Commonwealth's Electronic Single Application web site at www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx. The Department is now accepting applications. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 19, 2021, at which time the Department will review and score applications.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-1548. Filed for public inspection November 6, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]
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