For Small Construction Companies to Cut Diesel Emissions & Improve Air Quality
|Contact:||Guillermo Cole, Health Department|
The Small Construction Contractor Retrofit Fund, sponsored by the Allegheny County Health Department and the Heinz Endowments, is now accepting applications for grants to reduce air pollution by retrofitting diesel-powered construction equipment.
The grants will help small construction companies with the cost of retrofitting, repowering or rebuilding diesel-powered equipment. Such measures not only improve air quality and protect public health, but can also extend the lifespan and increase the efficiency of diesel-powered construction equipment.
To be eligible for funding, a company must have a history of operating in the City of Pittsburgh or elsewhere in Allegheny County and be federally-recognized as a small business by registering with Central Contractor Registration at www.bpn.gov/ccr/.
The Health Department through its Clean Air Fund and the Heinz Endowments each contributed $920,000 to the Retrofit Fund. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 will be available for approximately 16 to 30 diesel emission reduction projects.
The Retrofit Fund is being managed by Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association (MARAMA), a group of ten state and local air pollution control agencies that work together to prevent and reduce air pollution in the Mid-Atlantic region.
MARAMA will host a webinar on Wednesday, January 18, from 1 to 2 p.m., offering information and guidance on diesel retrofitting and how to apply for a grant. Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2012.
To participate in the webinar or obtain additional information about the grant program, visit www.marama.org/diesel/allegheny-pbgh-retrofit.htm or contact Alaina Conner of the Health Department at 412-578-8106.
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