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DNR announces VW Trust Fund guidelines for repower & replacement of local government trucks

Monday, October 29, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kerry Cordray
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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has shared the guidelines on distributing $6 million for government-owned trucks from the state’s share of the national Volkswagen Trust Settlement monies. The money will be spent on projects that reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

The funding will be available for eligible government-owned medium or heavy-duty trucks, Class 4 – 8, with a gross vehicle weight rating over 14,000 pounds. Eligible engine model years are 1992-2009 for replacement trucks/engines to any new diesel, alternate fueled or electric engines. A DNR representative reported to MPUA that they will consider bucket trucks, digger derricks, waste haulers, and dump trucks to name a few.  

DNR plans to open a first round of applications for government trucks in the November/December timeframe. They are working on an online application process to streamline the funding process. Once the application timeline is announced, the application period is expected to be short, possibly lasting for only a few weeks. There will be two application rounds for government-owned trucks with the possibility of up to four.  

MPUA recommends that cities review the implementation guidelines for the funding now. It is available online at DNR’s website -HERE.  When reviewing tucks that might be eligible for funding, start gathering data on annual mileage, fuel usage, and any additional information that would show the amount of emissions of the truck to be replaced. For example, supplemental information like operational hours will make a stronger application. The funding will be rated according to the geographic region of the state and how much the emissions will be reduced with a new engine/truck.

MPUA plans to email members when DNR’s application period for replacement of government trucks begins, but you may also sign up to receive announcements direct from the DNR from the Department’s listserv – HERE. DNR is also considering hosting a webinar about the application process so more details can be reviewed, and questions answered.

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