SPECIAL REPORT: OOIDA now accepting apps for APU grant money

By Land Line staff | 9/8/2010

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 – In early August, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association had been selected to receive a $1 million grant to implement an APU project with a total cost of more than $2.3 million. On Tuesday, Sept. 7, OOIDA’s Equipment Finance Department began accepting phone calls and applications.

Through the project, approximately 240 emission-cutting auxiliary power units (APUs) will be installed in long-haul diesel trucks operating in EPA Regions 6 and 7.

Qualifying OOIDA members who reside in Region 6 and 7 (states are listed below) may now contact the Equipment Finance Department through OOIDA’s main switchboard at 1-800-444-5791 for details on the program.

Margo Fries, manager of OOIDA’s Equipment Finance Department, said OOIDA can offer members an upfront 40 percent reimbursement for the cost of the APU and the installation of the unit.

Fries says this 40 percent will be paid straight to the dealer after it’s verified that the APU has been installed. The APU must be EPA certified. OOIDA will be giving preference to one-truck owners, but can work with truckers who own up to five trucks.

This particular grant is only for OOIDA members who reside in Region 6 and 7. Region 6 includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and 66 tribal nations. Region 7 includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and nine tribal nations.

OOIDA is among five organizations included in a total grant of more than $5.1 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funds, granted to aid in diesel emissions reductions in EPA Region 7. The funds are part of $64 million allocated nationwide this fiscal year through DERA’s grant program.

Through DERA, EPA provides support for retrofits, engine upgrades, vehicle replacements, idle reduction, cleaner fuels and financing for clean technologies for trucks, buses, and non-road equipment. Overall, the improvements funded by these grants consist of EPA-verified and certified technologies to assist in the reduction of diesel emissions.

The other organizations include the Passenger Vessel Association, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the National School Transportation Association, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi.

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