West Coast Collaborative

EPA Announces 2015 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Grant Recipients in Western States

EPA's Pacific Southwest and Pacific Northwest Regions awarded over $5 million for DERA projects to reduce emissions in Western States.

DERA grants awarded in American Samoa, California, Hawaii, and Nevada:


DERA grants awarded in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington (press release):


EPA Announces 2015 School Bus Replacement and Retrofit Rebate Program - Deadline for Applications: October 30, 2015

On September 28th, EPA announced (press release) the availability of approximately $7 million in DERA (Diesel Emissions Reduction Act) funding for rebates to retrofit or replace older school buses operated by public school districts/agencies and private school bus fleets currently contracted with public school systems. Owners of model year 2006 or older buses can apply for funding for up to 10 buses for replacement and up to 10 buses for retrofit with a diesel oxidation catalyst plus closed crankcase ventilation system (DOC plus CCV). Fleets with over 101 buses currently in operation may submit two applications.

For buses with engine model years1994 to 2006, the program will cover up to $3,000 per bus retrofitted with a DOC plus CCV system. For buses powered by model year 2006 or older engines, the program will provide between $15,000 and $25,000 toward each bus replacement. EPA will accept applcations from September 28 to October 30, 2015.

To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility and selection process, and informational webinar dates, please visit www2.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates#2015sb

WCC Goods Movement Webinar, June 2, 2015

Thank you to the presenters and participants in the WCC Goods Movement sector webinar held on June 2, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact Francisco Dóñez, Ph.D., Ports and Marine and Locomotive Sector Lead, at (213) 244-1834, or by email at donez.francisco@epa.gov.

EPA Announces Release of FY15 DERA National Clean Diesel RFP - CLOSED JUNE 15

On April 30th, EPA announced its FY15 DERA National RFP (PDF) for $13.5M in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding.Funding is available nationally for projects that reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from the nation’s existing fleet of diesel engines. The closing date for the RFP is June 15, 2015. For additional information, including links to the RFP, FAQs, and information sessions please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgnational.htm.

On May 14th, EPA announced the FY15 Tribal Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. A total of $1 million is available to tribal agencies and intertribal consortia for clean diesel projects. The close date for this RFP is July 15, 2015. For a copy of the RFP and links to the information sessions, please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgtribal.htm.

EPA Awards $1.3 Million DERA Grant to the Port of Los Angeles

The West Coast Collaborative Partner, Port of Los Angeles, is using the DERA grant to fund the replacement of an older diesel cargo crane with a new, zero-emission electric-drive crane. Los Angeles is one of four U.S. ports receiving a total of $5 million for projects aimed at significantly reducing diesel emissions and improving air quality, particularly for communities near port operations. “Forty percent of the nation’s total imports come through the San Pedro Bay ports,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Replacing cargo equipment with zero emissions alternatives will not only help overall air quality in Southern California, but directly benefit fence-line communities living near the port.”

EPA announces DERA grant to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ)

The EPA West Coast Collaborative announces a Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) to replace heavy-duty diesel short-haul drayage trucks and retrofit cargo handling equipment. This project will be implemented using $1,500,000 in DERA grant funding combined with $1,371,000 in matching funds from participating trucking fleets, and will result in reductions of 338 tons of nitrogen oxides, 15 tons of particulate matter, including black carbon, which influences climate by directly absorbing light, reducing the reflectivity ("albedo") of snow and ice through deposition, and interacting with clouds.

Recent News