Marine and Rail Freight Movers Grant Program; Availability of Grants
[50 Pa.B. 739]
[Saturday, February 1, 2020]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces an opportunity to apply for $10 million in grants offered through the Marine and Rail Freight Movers Grant Program (Grant 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 CARB-certified 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 Grant Program guidelines and application instructions are available on the Department's Driving PA Forward webpage at www.depgis.state.pa.us/DrivingPAForward/.
A webinar on the Grant Program will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. See the Department's previously listed Driving PA Forward webpage for registration information.
Applications must be submitted through the Department of Community and Economic Development's Electronic Single Application web site, eGrants at www.esa.dced.state.pa.us. The Department will accept applications through 4 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020. Fax and e-mail submissions of applications will not be accepted. The Department will review and score applications after the application period closes on June 5, 2020.
Interested applicants with questions may contact the Bureau of Air Quality at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 787-9495.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-158. Filed for public inspection January 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]
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