Hardship Relief for Participants in the Transition Program for Equipment Manufacturers (TPEM) of Heavy Equipment
- Regulatory requirements and recordkeeping
- Who can participate
- How to apply
- Help desk for TPEM hardship relief
When current TPEM participants face unusual circumstances that cause technical or economic hardship, EPA regulations provide opportunities for additional allowances through hardship relief.
If granted, the amount of hardship relief may depend on the applicant's circumstances and the type of relief requested.
Regulatory Requirements and Recordkeeping
Requirements for hardship relief depend on the type of relief.
- Technical or engineering hardship relief; and
- Economic hardship relief.
Who can participate
- Manufacture heavy equipment;
- Are already participating in TPEM;
- Are not in violation of TPEM regulations and the allowance they selected;
- Meet the requirements for the type of hardship relief they are seeking;
- Can demonstrate that their company will face hardship when their regular TPEM allowances run out;
- Can demonstrate that alternate engine suppliers could not ease or eliminate the impending hardship; and
- Can demonstrate that the impending hardship:
- Is not their fault;
- Is outside of their control; and
- Could not be avoided by prudent planning.
How to Apply
Complete the following five steps:
Determine whether you qualify.
• Pre-Screening Tool for Hardship Relief
Fill out additional paperwork.
• Application Questionnaire for TPEM Hardship Relief Request
Assemble application package.
Make sure your package includes all items listed below. Incomplete packages will not be processed.
Materials for Application Package
- Pre-Screening Tool for Hardship Relief
Completed in Step 1 above.
- Application Questionnaire for TPEM Hardship Relief Request
Completed in Step 2 above.
- Supporting Documentation
- Your last TPEM annual report
For more about TPEM reporting, go to the following section on the TPEM page: How to Apply or Report
- CD of PDF files (if unable to submit by email)
If you absolutely must mail your application package, please provide a CD of all PDF files.
Submit your completed application package.
In order to expedite processing, increase efficiency, and decrease environmental impact, EPA prefers submission by email.
(EPA's preferred method)
US Postal Service or Courier Mail*
(includes mail or delivery by FedEx, UPS, etc.)
|Director, Diesel Engine Compliance Center
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Transportation & Air Quality
2000 Traverwood Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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* Submissions that are mailed or delivered may experience processing delays.
EPA's review process.
EPA conducts reviews in two phases. You may not start using any additional allowances until you have received official notification of EPA's decision at the end of Phase 2.
|Phase||Description of Process||Duration|
Preliminary review is conducted to determine:
|Duration of this phase depends on your ability to submit a complete application.|
|Lasts between 45 and 70 business days.|
Help Desk for TPEM Hardship Relief
- Email: TPEMHardshipRelief@epa.gov
- Phone: 1-888-697-2367