Missouri-based truckers in KC area may apply for anti-pollution money

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 12/1/2008

Missouri-based truck owners in the Kansas City area can apply for a 40 percent reimbursement for APUs and other diesel emissions-reduction equipment.

The Mid-America Regional Council, a regional planning organization, is helping the Missouri Department of Natural Resources distribute reimbursement money originally granted through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Diesel Program.

Truck owners in Clay, Platte and Jackson counties may apply by Dec. 31. A description and example for proposals is available on the MARC Web site by clicking here.

The original application deadline was Dec. 1, but program organizers decided to move the date to Dec. 31 to better announce the program, said Amanda Graor, air quality planner with the regional council.

“Not many people knew about it until last week,” Graor told Land Line Magazine on Monday, Dec. 1. “But we’ve gotten a lot of interest over the last few days.”

The program includes funding for projects that cost a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $45,000. Besides APUs, funding also is available for Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOCs), Partial Flow-through Filters (PFFs), Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) and Closed Crankcase Ventilation Systems (CCVs).

For more information on the Mid-America Regional Council program, call the organization at 816-474-4240.

OOIDA is offering its own finance program to help small business truckers obtain APUs as well.

The funding to be administered by OOIDA will be used to reimburse drivers for 40 percent of the cost of APU purchases through the OOIDA Equipment Finance Department. Truck owners will be required to submit data from their truck’s engine control module to show emissions data, and document emissions reduction.

OOIDA members who own their own trucks can apply for a 3-year loan for APUs certified by the EPA. Click here for more information and the application form.

OOIDA’s deadline for 2008 funds is Friday, Dec. 5, although the Association will fund other diesel emission-reduction programs in 2009 and 2010.

For additional information, contact the OOIDA Equipment Finance Department at 800-444-5791.

Applications may be mailed to:
OOIDA’s Equipment Finance Department
1 NW OOIDA Drive
Grain Valley MO 64029

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer

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