MO knows money: Show-me state diesel grant program opens

| 8/13/2009

Truckers from four specific regions in Missouri may be eligible for a grant to retrofit or upgrade their trucks with emissions-cutting equipment.

The Air Pollution Control Program of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources was recently awarded $1.73 million from the federal government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The state opened its application system on Friday, July 31, and will continue to accept applications until Sept. 30.

Missouri has selected four agencies to distribute the grant money for specific state regions. Applications may be submitted for emission control retrofits such as diesel particulate filters, idle reduction technology, EPA SmartWay technology designed to reduce aerodynamic drag, fuel conversion kits, engine repowers and vehicle replacements.

  • St. Louis area counties include: St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Franklin, Washington, Warren and Jefferson. A request for proposals can be found at For more information, e-mail
  • In the Kansas City area, including Clinton, Clay, Jackson, Platte, Cass, Ray and Buchanan counties, go to the Mid-America Regional Council’s site at For more information, contact Amanda Graor at
  • The Southwest region includes counties of Cedar, Polk, Dallas, Barton, Dade, Greene, Webster, Christian, Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Lawrence, Barry, Stone and Taney. Truck owners from those counties can find request for proposals at or For more information, call Doug Neidigh at 417-873-7641, or e-mail

Emission control retrofits would be 100 percent funded by the grant, while the idle reduction technology, SmartWay technology, fuel conversion kits and engine repowers would require 25 percent of the cost to be paid for by the truck owners.

Total truck replacements through the program require 75 percent of cost to be paid for by the truck owner.

Eligible vehicles include school buses, transit buses, fire trucks, medium and heavy-duty trucks, trash trucks, construction equipment, agricultural equipment, locomotives, marine engines, stationary diesel engines, mining equipment and cargo handling equipment.

Fifty percent of Missouri’s grant funding will be set aside for public fleets, and the other half will go to private fleets.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer