Applications Being Accepted For Diesel Retrofit Grants

For Small Construction Companies to Cut Diesel Emissions & Improve Air Quality

Contact:Guillermo Cole, Health Department
412-578-8004 office

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 World Wide Web Icon 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 World Wide Web Icon www.marama.org/diesel/allegheny-pbgh-retrofit.htm or contact Alaina Conner of the Health Department at 412-578-8106.

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