What is Go RED!?

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has been awarded funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) State Clean Diesel Grant Program, under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). These funds are be used to help reduce emissions from diesel engines in Arkansas. ADEQ offers these funds as a competitive funding assistance opportunity entitled Reduce Emissions from Diesels (Go RED!). Public and private entities and nonprofit organizations in Arkansas are eligible to receive funding. Projects that are selected for awards must reduce diesel emissions in Arkansas. Diesel emissions may be reduced by employing exhaust controls, engine upgrades, idle reduction technologies, engine replacements, or vehicle/equipment replacements. All exhaust controls, engine upgrades, and idling reduction technologies funded under this award must be verified by the EPA or California Air Resources Board (CARB). New vehicles/ engines must be certified to meet EPA emissions standards for 2013 on-road diesels.

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Program (known as "DERA") was created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (551 pp, 3.16 MB, August 2005, About PDF). This act gave EPA new grant and loan authority for promoting diesel emission reductions and authorized appropriations to the Agency of up to $200 million per year for fiscal year (FY) 2007 through FY 2011. Congress appropriated funds for the first time under this program in FY 2008.

In January 2011, President Obama signed the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2010 (7 pp, 133 K, January 2011, About PDF), reauthorizing DERA grants to eligible entities for projects that reduce emissions from existing diesel engines. The bill authorizes up to $100 million annually for FY 2012 through FY 2016 and allows for new funding mechanisms, including rebates.

Through DERA and EPA, funding to reduce diesel emissions is allocated to states. States then have the option to award DERA fund to governmental, non-profit, and private entities on a competitive or first-come first-served basis. Funding must be used to reduce diesel emissions utilizing exhaust controls, engine upgrades, idling reduction technology, engine replacements or vehicle/ equipment replacements. The vehicles/ equipment must be medium or heavy-duty diesels to be eligible for funding. ADEQ uses the DERA grant to provide funding assistance to reduce diesel emissions in Arkansas through the Go RED! program.

Diesel emissions result in increased nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons in the air. These compounds can cause serious health concerns especially for children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems. Nationally, these emissions are linked to thousands of premature deaths, hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks, millions of lost work days and countless other health impacts every year. Diesel exhaust is even a likely human carcinogen according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

When diesel emissions react with sunlight, ground-level ozone has the potential to form. This can lead to outdoor visibility issues and additional respiratory problems.

How Do I Apply?

ADEQ is proud to announce its 2016 round of funding to reduce diesel emissions in the state. ADEQ will have approximately $600,000 available through its Reduce Emissions from Diesels program also known as “Go RED!” Public and private entities and non-profit organizations in Arkansas are eligible to receive funding for projects that will reduce diesel emissions in Arkansas. To apply, please refer the 2016 application guide for instructions; and complete the Diesel Fleet Spreadsheet provided in the Important Documents links below.

ADEQ has established a rolling deadline for proposal submissions for this program: proposals are due to ADEQ by 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) Dec. 30, 2016 subsequent deadlines will be 4:30 p.m. CST on the last business day of each following month until all funds are awarded or April 28, 2017. Projects must be completed by Aug. 31, 2017. Please sign up for the Go RED! Email List to receive updates about the latest round of funding for the Go RED! Program.

Important Documents

How is Funding Being Used?

The following briefly summarizes the previous rounds of funding.

ADEQ received $299,461 on September 16, 2015 to implement this program. These funds were used for vehicles replacements. All work on these projects was completed by August 31, 2016. A list of recipients and project types are listed below:

2015 Recipients

  • Clinton School District – Replaced Two School Buses
  • Danville School District – Replaced One School Bus
  • County Line School District – Replaced One School Bus
  • Barton-Lexa School District – Replaced Two School Buses
  • Bradley County Road Department – Replaced One Dump Truck

ADEQ received $164,672 on September 17, 2014 to implement this program. These funds were used for vehicle replacements. A list of recipients and project types are listed below.

2014 Recipients

  • Cedarville Public Schools – Replaced One School Bus
  • Clinton School District – Replaced Two School Buses
  • County Line School District – Replaced One School Bus
  • Lamar School District – Replaced Two School Buses
  • Heber Springs School District – Replaced One School Bus

ADEQ received $161,287 on September 27, 2013 to implement this program. These funds were used for vehicle/equipment replacements. All work on these projects was completed by August 31, 2014. A list of recipients and project types are listed below.

2013 Recipients

  • Bradley County – Replaced One Refuse Truck
  • City of Little Rock – Engine Replacement of One Roll-Off Wrecker Truck
  • Clinton School District – Replaced Two School Buses
  • County Line School District – Replaced One School Bus
  • Ozark School District – Replaced One School Bus

ADEQ received $318,810 on September 13, 2012 to implement this program. These funds were used to install idling reduction, exhaust control technologies and vehicle/equipment replacements. All work on these projects was completed by September 30, 2013. A list of recipients and project types are listed below.

2012 Recipients

  • Conway Sanitation Department – Replaced One Refuse Truck
  • Huntsville School District – Replaced Two School Buses
  • Jasper School District - Replaced One School Bus
  • Little Rock Wastewater – Replaced One Vacuum Sewer Truck
  • Magnet Cove School District – Installed Idle and Exhaust Controls on Seven School Buses
  • Scott County – Replaced Two Backhoes with One New Backhoe
  • Union County – Replaced One Road Grader

ADEQ received $100,000 on June 24, 2011 to implement this program. These funds were used to install idling reduction technology and vehicle/equipment replacements. All work on these projects was complete by August 31, 2012. Recipients and forms for the recipients are listed below.

2011 Recipients

  • Jasper School District - Replaced Three School Buses
  • Lincoln Consolidated School District - Installed Idling Reduction Technology on Nine School Buses
  • Marion County - Replaced One Dump Truck

ADEQ received $258,000 on July 27, 2010 to implement this program. These funds were used to install vehicle exhaust controls, upgrade engines, replace engines and replace vehicles/equipment. All work on these projects was complete by August 31, 2012. Recipients and forms for the recipients are listed below.

2010 Recipients

  • Baxter County - Replaced Six Road Grader Engines
  • City of Conway - Replaced Two Refuse Trucks
  • City of Little Rock - Replaced One Refuse Truck Engine
  • J.D. and Billy Hines Trucking - Installed Thirteen Vehicle Exhaust Controls
  • Marion County - Upgraded One Road Grader Engine
  • Union County - Upgraded One Road Grader Engine and Replaced One Front Loader

Photographs Provided by Newton County and the Cossatot River School District
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ADEQ was allocated $235,294 on February 19, 2010 to implement this program. These funds were used to upgrade engines and replace engines and vehicles/equipment. All work on these projects was complete by August 31, 2010. Recipients and forms for the recipients are listed below.

2009 Recipients

  • City of Conway – Replaced One Track Hoe Engine
  • Huntsville School District – Replaced Two School Buses
  • Ideal Construction – Upgraded Two Motor Grader Engines
  • J.D. and Billy Hines Trucking - Installed Thirteen Vehicle Exhaust Controls
  • North Arkansas College – Replaced One Crawler Tractor Engine
  • Union County – Replaced One Motor Grader

ADEQ was allocated $492,200 on September 22, 2008 to implement this program. These funds were used to install exhaust controls, upgrade engines and replace vehicles/equipment. All work on these projects was complete by August 31, 2010. Recipients, pictures from projects and forms for the recipients are all listed below.

2008 Recipients

  • Bradley County – Replaced One Refuse Truck
  • Calhoun County – Upgraded One Motor Grader Engine
  • City of Little Rock – Replaced Two Dump Trucks
  • City of Monticello – Replaced One Refuse Truck and One Dump Truck
  • City of North Little Rock – Installed 35 City Vehicle Exhaust Controls
  • Little Rock Wastewater – Replaced Two Dump Trucks
  • Newton County – Replaced Two Dump Trucks
  • Van-Cove Public Schools – Replaced Two School Buses

Photos provided by Little Rock Wastewater
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