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Wednesday, Oct 17 2012 02:48 PM

Grants available to reduce air pollution in Eastern Kern

The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (EKAPCD) is requesting proposals for on-road vehicle emission reduction projects for the eastern portion of Kern County. EKAPCD's 2013 Motor Vehicle Emission Reduction Program (MVERP) awards grants to projects that reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx), reactive organic gas (ROG) and particulate matter emissions from on-road motor vehicles. MVERP may fund up to 90 percent of a qualified project's cost with a maximum of $50,000 for any individual project. Approximately $325,000 will be available for projects in 2013.

Eligible pojects include, but are not limited to, those that:

* Reduce dust from motor vehicle activity on public roads

* Replace older high emitting on-road vehicle with new low emitting vehicle

* Provide for an increase in public transportation and commuter vanpooling

* Provide telecommunication alternatives to driving, including videoconferencing

* Provide mechanic's training and infrastructure that support cleaner vehicles

* Provide educational activities related to air quality

The 2013 MVERP grant application package is available on the web at www.kernair.org under the Grants tab/Motor Vehicle. You can also request a package by calling Debra at 661-862-5250 or emailing ekapcd@co.kern.ca.us. Deadline for submittal of proposals is January 11, 2013 at 5 p.m. Projects are expected to be selected by the MVERP Grant Committee at their March 2013 public meeting. Final agreements are expected to be approved by the EKAPCD Governing Board at its July 2013 meeting.

In addition to the 2013 MVERP grant funds, EKAPCD has grants available through the state's Carl Moyer Program.

Carl Moyer funding is typically used to retrofit or replace on-road and off-road heavy-duty vehicle engines, and can also be used to replace agricultural pump engines with cleaner engines or electic motors.

Applications for Carl Moyer funding are available on the EKAPCD website and may be submitted at any time until Carl Moyer funds are fully committed.

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