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Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Grant Program. Heather J. Hildebrandt NC Division of Air Quality. Air Quality in North Carolina. NC is currently meeting standards for nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and carbon monoxide.

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mobile source emissions reduction grant program

Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Grant Program

Heather J. Hildebrandt

NC Division of Air Quality

air quality in north carolina
Air Quality in North Carolina
  • NC is currently meeting standards for nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and carbon monoxide.
  • However, several areas in NC are violating Ozone and PM fine standards.
impacts of not meeting standards
Impacts of Not Meeting Standards
  • Health
    • Aggravation of lung diseases and heart disease.
  • Economy
    • Limits on growth of industry
    • More controls on growth of roadway networks
what is nc doing
What is NC Doing?
  • Clean Smokestacks Act
    • Requires coal-fired power plants to reduce NOx and SO2 by ¾ over next 5-10 years.
  • Expanded emissions testing program
  • Grant Program
  • Began in 1995
  • Funding is provided by a tax of 1/64 of a cent per gallon of gasoline sold.
  • 78 grants totaling over $5.74 million
  • Reduce emissions from cars, trucks, and other mobile sources in North Carolina.
  • Reductions will help protect public health and the environment by assisting the State in maintaining the NAQS
particulate emissions
Particulate Emissions
  • Collectively diesel powered vehicles contribute more than two-thirds of all particulates from transportation in the United States
project guidelines
Project Guidelines
  • Bus Projects must utilize EPA approved Technologies.
  • OEM AFVs are preferred over conversions.
  • Grant funds are for incremental costs only.
  • Fueling Facilities funded must be publicly accessible.
project selection criteria
Project Selection Criteria
  • Degree of matching
  • Degree of actual emission reduction verses planning
  • Assessment of benefits
  • Permanence of benefits
  • Low cost/ high benefit
selection criteria cont
Selection Criteria Cont.
  • Potential for high total benefits in NC
  • Length of project
  • Degree of support/ participation
  • Public perception
requirements for a grant
Requirements for a Grant
  • Project must emphasize mobile source emissions reductions.
  • Application must address/consider Project Selection Criteria.
  • Project must emphasize actual reductions as opposed to planning.
requirements cont
Requirements Cont.
  • Proposal must be for a new project.
  • Grant recipients must report back on actual benefits of completed project.
how to apply for a grant
How to Apply for a Grant
  • Contact through mail


Mobile Source Compliance Branch

Attn: Heather Hildebrandt

1641 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1641

how to apply cont
How to Apply Cont.
  • By phone

Tele. (919) 733-1498

FAX (919) 733-1812

  • Email

  • Web Page

2004 grant winners
2004 Grant Winners
  • $50,000 to Mecklenburg County Air Quality
  • $50,000 for Fort Bragg School Buses
  • $50,000 to Statesville-Iredell County Schools
  • $100,000 to Guilford County Schools
  • $100,000 to Wake County Public School System
resources web sites
Resources - Web Sites
  • Clean School Bus USA
  • Diesel Technology Forum - Retrofit Program
anti idling policies
Anti-Idling Policies
  • 5 minute maximum idling – additional idling does not help the school bus get warmer
  • Buses should not park “nose to tail” when it can be avoided
  • Buses should not idle while loading or unloading on school grounds
  • Buses should not park on school grounds near building air-intake systems
  • No bus should run without the driver being within three feet of that bus
implementation strategies
Implementation Strategies
  • Commitment Cards
  • Stickers
  • Magnets