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EPA Awards $2,244,492 to Clean Diesel Projects in Georgia

EPA awards up to $73 million nationally for clean diesel projects

Contact Information: 
Dawn Harris-Young (
(404) 562-8421 (Direct), (404) 562-8400 (Main)

ATLANTA – (October 2, 2020) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an award of $1,144,492 to Fulton County Schools to replace 74 school buses with new propane buses and $1,100,000 to the Georgia Ports Authority to partially fund the replacement of 37 class 8 trucks used for dray purposes at the Port of Savannah.

At a press conference in Minnesota on Tuesday, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced over $73 million in grants and funding expected to be awarded to support numerous clean diesel programs and projects across the country at the state and local level. Over $50 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants Program funding is expected to be awarded to implement projects aimed at reducing diesel emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of old, dirty engines and vehicles. Additionally, EPA anticipates providing approximately $23.5 million under DERA’s 2020 State Grants program to 48 states and four territories to implement their own diesel emissions reduction programs.

“EPA is proud to support our partners as they deliver cleaner air benefits to local communities across the country,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “New diesel engines operate cleaner than older engines, and for each dollar invested in clean diesel projects, communities get $13 in cumulative health benefits.”

“EPA is proud to recognize the efforts to improve air quality and protect public health,” said EPA Region 4 Administrator Mary S. Walker. “Supporting clean diesel projects is one important way EPA helps make a visible difference in Georgia communities.”

Under President Trump, the combined emission of criteria pollutants and their precursors dropped 7%. In the past three years, we saw the following drops in emissions of criteria and precursor pollutants: 

  • Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) ↓ 10 % 
  • Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) ↓ 1 %
  • Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) ↓ 16%
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) ↓ 6%
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) ↓ 3%

Over the last three years during the Trump Administration, EPA will have awarded about $300 million in grants and rebates to modernize the diesel fleet and speed the turnover to cleaner on- and off-road heavy-duty trucks and equipment. Much of this assistance has been provided to help better protect areas of poor air quality and areas of highly concentrated diesel pollution, such as ports and distribution centers.

To support the Administrator’s clean air goals, the agency anticipates awarding these grants once all legal and administrative requirements are satisfied. So far in 2020, EPA has finalized awards for 41 clean diesel projects and programs. The agency anticipates completing additional awards throughout the rest of the year. The following grants have been finalized as of Monday, September 28:



Award Amount


City of Phoenix

Refuse Hauler Replacement



San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District

Agricultural Tractor Replacement Program



San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District

Zero Emission Electric Yard Truck Program



San Diego County Air Pollution Control District

Tugboat Electrification Project



South Coast Air Quality Management District

Electrification of Transport Refrigeration in Grocery Fleet



The Regents of the University of Colorado

Electric Transit Bus Project



Leonardo Academy Inc.

Construction Crane Replacement Project



The Connecticut Maritime Foundation

Tugboat Engine Replacement



City of Ocala

Refuse Truck Replacement Project



Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management

Refuse Truck Replacement Project



Fulton County Schools

Propane School Bus Replacement Project



Georgia Ports Authority

Dray Truck Rebate Replacement Program



National Biodiesel Foundation

DOT Utility Truck Replacement and Biodiesel Use



The City of Davenport, Iowa

Dump Truck Replacement Project



American Lung Association

Low NOx Refuse Truck and Locomotive Idle Reduction Project



American Lung Association

Electric Transit Bus Replacement Project



Chicago Department of Transportation

Low NOx CNG Refuse Hauler and Street Sweeper Replacement Project



Commuter Rail Division of the Regional Transportation Authority

Metra Nonroad Work Equipment Replacement Project


Region 5

National School Transportation Association

NSTA School Bus Rebate Program



American Lung Association

Short Haul and Nonroad Replacement and Locomotive Idle Reduction Project



American Lung Association

Short Haul Truck Replacement Project



Massachusetts Port Authority

Boston Harbor Pilot Boat Engine Replacements



Coalition for Sustainable Initiatives

School Bus and Nonroad Equipment Replacement Program



Leonardo Academy Inc.

Construction Crane Replacement Project



Leonardo Academy Inc.

Propane School Bus Replacement Project



Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission

Madison and Perry County Municipal Vehicle Replacement Project



Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission

Ste. Genevieve County Municipal Vehicle Replacement Project



Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission

Cape Girardeau County Municipal Vehicle Replacement Project



Mecklenburg County Air Quality

GRADE - Grants to Replace Aging Diesel Engines



Minden Public Schools

Minden Public Schools Bus Replacement



The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Red Hook Terminal Tractor Replacement



Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association, Inc.

Workboat Engine Replacement and Drayage Truck Replacement Program



Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments

Electric Transit Bus Replacement Project



Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality

Refuse Hauler, Short Haul, and School Bus Replacement Project



Virginia Port Authority

Hybrid Shuttle Carrier Replacement Project



The Northwest Seaport Alliance

Electric Terminal Tractor Replacement Project



Leonardo Academy

Marine Ferry Engine Replacement Project


As these new grants are finalized and awarded, details on recipients, funding amounts, and project types will be listed on the DERA program webpages. For more information, please visit


DERA funded projects typically include retrofitting or replacing legacy school buses, transit buses, heavy-duty diesel trucks, marine engines, locomotives, and other heavy-duty equipment with new, cleaner technologies.