Texas emission reduction grant program now taking applications

| 1/14/2008

Truckers driving in some of Texas most populated cities may be eligible for grants to buy and install APU equipment.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is accepting grant applications from now until April 8, at 5 p.m., for the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, or TERP.

Texas lawmakers set aside $290 million to spend on TERP during the next two years, as that state aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The trucking portion of TERP aims at cutting oxides of nitrogen in several regions of the state, including Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, San Antonio and Tyler-Longview.

According to the TERP request for applications form, “any person who operates or plans to operate on-road heavy-duty vehicles … in eligible counties” is eligible to apply for a grant.

Eligible counties include Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Hardin, Orange, Jefferson, Denton, Collin, Tarrant, Dallas, Rockwall, Kaufman, Ellis, Johnson, Parker, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, Montgomery, Liberty, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Comal, Guadalupe, Wilson, Bexar, Upshur, Gregg, Rusk, Smith and Harrison counties.

Applicants applying for truck equipment must spend 25 percent of their annual mileage in those counties.

More information is available at www.terpgrants.org, or by calling 1-800-919-TERP (8377).
– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer