Cascade Sierra Solutions recently announced a new grant opportunity aimed at reducing diesel particulate emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks that drive over 40,000 miles annually in California. According to the organization, truck owners who qualify for the program can receive a grant for up to the full cost of an installed diesel particulate filter (DPF), typically in excess of $10,000.

In partnership with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD), Cascade Sierra Solutions has been selected to administer $1 million from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to retrofit older tractor-trailers with diesel particulate filters. Heavy-duty diesel trucks operating in California will be required by pending regulations to demonstrate particulate emission reductions 75% below the 2000 baseline by 2010 and 85% below that baseline by 2020. This incentive program is intended to reward voluntary early compliance.

Truck owners driving California routes may contact Cascade Sierra Solutions now to sign up. The program is also open to fleets, but applications must be made on a truck-by-truck basis. To meet the reporting requirements for the program, recipients must also register their trucks in the Cascade Sierra Solutions Fleet Member database and pay a $25 annual fee. Truck owners can register on the CSS Web site or call toll-free: 866-345-3390.

The amount of the grant will be based on the number of annual miles driven in California, the model year of the engine and whether the DPF device filters both particulate matter and Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), a precursor to ozone. Applicants will be prioritized by Cascade Sierra Solutions to help ensure that the oldest and most polluting trucks are able to benefit from this program.

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