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Governor DeWine, Ohio EPA Announce $13 Million in Grants to Improve Air Quality

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio EPA Director Laurie Stevenson announced today that $13 million in grants will be awarded to 41 entities, including more than a dozen Ohio school districts, to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles and equipment. 

Nitrogen oxide emissions are significant contributors to ground-level ozone pollution.

“These funds will help local communities replace school buses and trucks powered by aging diesel engines in areas that do not meet federal air quality standards for ozone,” said Governor DeWine. “By replacing these old vehicles with new, clean models, we will reduce pollution to help create a healthier environment for everyone.”

“These funds allow Ohio EPA to address large emission sources like locomotives, tugboats, and diesel cargo handling equipment,” said Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson.

Ohio EPA estimates this year’s grants will remove 49.8 tons of nitrogen oxide and 23.3 tons of other air pollutants annually.

Award recipients are: 

  • Black River Local Schools, Medina and Lorain counties, $69,552 for 25 percent of the cost to replace three model year 2002-2003 diesel-powered school buses with three model year 2021 new clean diesel-powered school buses;
  • Boardman Local Schools, Mahoning County, $75,000 for 21 percent of the cost to replace four model year 2004-2006 diesel-powered school buses with four model year 2020 new clean diesel-powered buses;
  • Brunswick Hills Township, Medina County, $50,000 for 32.5 percent of the cost to replace one model year 1995 Class 8 diesel-powered truck with one model year 2020 Class 8 diesel-powered truck;
  • Butler County Engineers, Butler County, $75,568 for 25 percent of the cost to replace three model year 1998 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks with three model year 2019 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks;
  • Centerville City Schools, Montgomery County, $206,000 for 20 percent of the cost to replace 10 model year 2005-2007 diesel-powered school buses with 10 model year 2021 new clean diesel-powered buses;
  • Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District, Geauga and Cuyahoga counties, $61,875 for 25 percent of the cost to replace three model year 2004-2007 diesel-powered school buses with three model year 2020 new clean diesel-powered buses;
  • City of Akron, Summit County, $272,995 for 50 percent of the cost to replace three model year 2002 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks with three model year 2019 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks;
  • City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities, Franklin County, $83,091 for 25 percent of the cost to replace two model year 2008-2009 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks with two model year 2020 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks;
  • City of Tallmadge, Portage and Summit counties; $93,550, consisting of $51,272 for 50 percent of the cost to replace one model year 1996 diesel-powered school bus with one model year 2020 new clean diesel-powered school bus, and $42,278 for 25 percent of the cost to replace one model year 1992 Class 8 diesel-powered  truck with one model year 2020 Class 8 diesel-powered truck;
  • Clermont County Board of Commissioners, Clermont County, $100,000 for 24 percent of the cost to replace three model year 2006-2009 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks with model year 2021 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks;
  • Columbus Regional Airport Authority, Franklin County, $373,939 for 75 percent of the cost to replace two model year 1987-1988 pieces of gasoline- and diesel-powered airport ground support equipment with two model year 2020 pieces of all-electric ground support equipment;
  • Crestwood Local School District, Portage County, $84,580 for 48 percent of the cost to replace two model year 2001 and 2003 diesel-powered school buses with two model year 2020 new clean diesel-powered buses;
  • Deer Park Community School District, Hamilton County, $78,749 for 25 percent of the cost to replace three model year 2000-2007 diesel-powered school buses with three model year 2019 new clean diesel-powered buses;
  • Dublin City Schools, Franklin County, $369,500 for 25 percent of the cost to replace 14 model year 2006-2007 diesel-powered school buses with six model year 2020 compressed natural gas-powered buses and eight model year 2020 new clean diesel-powered buses;
  • East Cleveland City Schools, Cuyahoga County, $82,000 for 25 percent of the cost to replace four model year 1998-2000 diesel-powered school buses with four model year 2020 new clean diesel-powered buses;
  • Erie County Engineer’s Office, Erie County, $72,584 for 33 percent of the cost to replace one model year 2011 Class 8 diesel-powered truck with one model year 2020 Class 8 diesel-powered truck;
  • Estes Express Lines, 19 counties (Cuyahoga, Delaware, Erie, Fairfield, Franklin, Geauga, Lake, Licking, Lorain, Lucas, Madison, Mahoning, Medina, Ottawa, Portage, Sandusky, Stark, Summit, and Trumbull counties), $447,975 for 25 percent of the cost to replace 18 model year 2004-2006 Class 8 diesel-powered  trucks with 18 model year 2020 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks;
  • Firelands Local Schools, Lorain County, $129,417 for 25 percent of the cost to replace six model year 2005-2008 diesel-powered school buses with six model year 2020 new clean diesel-powered school buses;
  • Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, Montgomery County, $960,000 for 24 percent of the cost to replace eight model year 2009 diesel-powered transit buses with eight model year 2020 new clean diesel-powered buses;
  • Heidelberg Distributing Co., Butler and Hamilton counties, $121,522 including $46,439 for 20 percent of the cost to replace three model year 1999 diesel-powered trucks with three model year 2020 new clean diesel-powered trucks, and $75,083 for 20 percent of the cost to replace four model year 1994-1997 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks with four model year 2020 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks;
  • James A. Garfield Local Schools, Portage County, $50,000 for 28 percent of the cost to replace two model year 1999 and 2003 diesel-powered school buses with two model year 2019 new clean diesel-powered buses;
  • Lake County Commissioners, Lake County, $947,425, including $200,467 for 75 percent of the cost to replace four model year 2001-2008 Class 4-7 diesel-powered trucks with four model year 2020 Class 4-7 diesel-powered trucks, and $746,958 for 72 percent of the cost to replace five model year 2007-2009 class 8 diesel-powered trucks with five model year 2020 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks;
  • Laketran, Lake County, $1.575 million for 31 percent of the cost to replace six model year 2009 diesel-powered transit buses with six model year 2021 all-electric transit buses;
  • Manchester Local Schools, Summit County, $50,103 for 25 percent of the cost to replace two model year 2000 and 2006 diesel-powered school buses with two model year 2020 new clean diesel-powered buses;
  • Mason City Schools, Warren County, $488,510 for 25 percent of the cost to replace 22 model year 2005-2006 diesel-powered school buses with 22 model year 2021-2023 new clean diesel-powered buses;
  • Medina County Sanitary Engineers, Medina County, $65,000 for 25 percent of the cost to replace two model year 2000 and 2009 diesel-powered trucks with two model year 2020 diesel-powered trucks;
  • METRO Regional Transit Authority, Summit County, $590,500 for 31 percent of the cost to replace two model year 2009 diesel-powered transit buses with two model year 2021 all-electric transit buses;
  • Midwest Terminals of Toledo, Lucas County, $1.142 million for 75 percent of the cost to replace one model year 1956 diesel-powered freight switcher locomotive with one model year 2019 electric freight switcher locomotive;
  • Monroe Township, Clermont County, $75,000 for 54 percent of the cost to replace one model year 2003 diesel-powered truck with one model year 2019 diesel-powered truck;
  • Munson Township, Geauga County, $35,990 for 25 percent of the cost to replace one model year 1994 diesel-powered truck with one model year 2020 diesel-powered truck;
  • Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, eight counties (Cuyahoga, Erie, Lorain, Mahoning, Portage, Sandusky, Summit, and Trumbull), $375,000 for 11 percent of the cost to replace 15 model year 2009 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks with 15 model year 2020 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks;
  • Ottawa County Transit Board, Erie, Ottawa and Sandusky counties, $83,877 for 65 percent of the cost to replace one model year 2009 diesel-powered transit bus with one model year 2019 propane-powered bus;
  • R&L Transfer, Inc., Cuyahoga, Franklin and Hamilton counties; $378,901 for 25 percent of the cost to replace 13 model year 1999-2005 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks with 13 model year 2020 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks;
  • Ross Local Schools, Butler County, $66,300 for 23 percent of the cost to replace three model year 2000-2003 diesel-powered school buses with three model year 2019 new clean diesel-powered buses;
  • Sagamore Hills Township, Summit County, $154,870 for 50 percent of the cost to replace two model year 1998 and 2000 diesel-powered trucks with two model year 2020 diesel-powered trucks;
  • Sandusky County Engineers Office, Sandusky County, $73,819 including $20,569 for 25 percent of the cost to replace one model year Class 4-7 diesel-powered truck with one model year 2021 Class 4-7 diesel-powered  truck, and $53,250 for 25 percent of the cost to replace two model year 2007 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks and two model year 2021 Class 8 diesel-powered truck;
  • Southwest Local Schools, Butler and Hamilton counties, $99,773 for 25 percent of the cost to replace four model year 1996-2008 diesel-powered school buses with four model year 2020 new clean diesel-powered buses;
  • Springboro Community City School District, Montgomery and Warren counties, $153,669 for 40 percent of the cost to replace four model year 2000-2001 diesel-powered school buses with four model year 2019 new clean diesel-powered buses;
  • Stark County Educational Service Center, on behalf of multiple school districts in Stark and Tuscarawas counties, $2 million for 49 percent of the cost to replace 45 model year 1998-2009 diesel-powered school buses with 39 model year 2019-2021 new clean diesel-powered buses and six model year 2021 propane school buses;
  • Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority, Lucas County, $361,807 for 75 percent of the cost to replace two model year 2008 and 2009 diesel-powered transit buses with two model year 2019 electric-powered buses; and
  • Waste Management of Ohio, Geauga County, $400,000 for 11 percent of the cost to replace 10 model year 2005-2008 Class 8 diesel-powered trucks with 10 model year 2020 Class 8 compressed natural gas-powered trucks;

The grants are funded from dollars allocated to Ohio from the settlement of an enforcement action taken against Volkswagen and its affiliated companies by U.S. EPA and the state of California for violations under the Clean Air Act. The grant program is investing $75 million over 10 years to reduce nitrogen oxide pollution in Ohio. This is the second year for the program. Selection considerations were given for specifically targeted reduction categories (e.g. school and transit buses, heavy duty trucks, airport ground-support equipment) and to vehicle replacement projects that would produce the largest reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions for the grant dollars invested. 

The organizations and businesses receiving grants were selected by a committee of Ohio EPA and Ohio Department of Transportation representatives.

The next opportunity to submit grant applications online is June 1-Aug. 7, 2020. Ohio EPA has posted a copy the state’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for spending these funds on the Agency’s VW program webpage.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

 
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