Fistful of dollars: Wisconsin exhaust retrofit program has room for more

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wisconsin’s diesel particulate filter retrofit program has enough money for a few more grants before closing out the emissions-cutting program for the year.

As of Wednesday, July 23, the Wisconsin Department of Commerce had $26,945 remaining for the state’s Diesel Exhaust Retrofit Grant Program. The state Department of Commerce will accept applications until Aug. 15, but may choose to award the grants on a first-come first-serve basis.

To apply for one of the grants, which cover 100 percent of the cost of a retrofit, visit commerce.wi.gov/retrofitgrant. The program originally had $50,000 available, so almost half has already been allocated.

To be eligible, applicants must be a common, contract or private motor carrier that transports freight. They must also be headquartered in Wisconsin or have trucking routes mainly in Wisconsin and the Midwest. Applicants must also agree to collect and report information about the operation and performance of each retrofit.

The state is on a strict time budget to award the money, and therefore is requiring the retrofits to be purchased and installed by Sept. 19.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer
charlie_morasch@landlinemag.com

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