The Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program (DEMP) utilizes funds from the Volkswagen Settlement and EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) State Grant Program for projects which mitigate mobile sources of emissions. The primary objective of DEMP is to fund projects that reduce mobile source emissions such as nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and organic hazardous air pollutants in areas where people live, work, and visit.
Volkswagen Settlement - Environmental Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries
On October 2, 2017, the executed Environmental Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries (Final Trust Agreement) was filed with the court, establishing the terms and conditions of the Mitigation Trust. State beneficiaries receive funding based upon the number of subject 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel Volkswagen vehicles sold in-state. Florida’s share is about $166 million, or 5.68 percent of the overall Mitigation Trust fund as specified in Appendix D-1B. The purpose of Mitigation Trust is to provide money for specified diesel emissions mitigation projects. These projects are intended to partially offset excess emissions of nitrogen oxides from the subject vehicles. For more information about the Volkswagen Settlement, including all settlement documents and previously posted information by the Department, please select the following link: Volkswagen Settlement Information.
State Beneficiary Mitigation Plan
To receive Mitigation Trust funds, the state is required to prepare and submit to the Trustee a Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (Mitigation Plan). The Final Trust Agreement specifies that the following issues be addressed in the Mitigation Plan:
An explanation of the process by which the Beneficiary sought and considered public input on its Beneficiary Mitigation Plan;
The state’s overall goals for the use of the funds;
A description of how the state will consider the potential impact of the actions on air quality in areas that bear a disproportionate share of the air pollution burden within its jurisdiction;
The categories of eligible mitigation actions that the state anticipates will be appropriate to achieve these goals and an estimate of the percentage of funds to be spent on each of these actions; and
A description of the range of emissions benefits that would be realized by implementation of the actions identified in the Mitigation Plan.
The Department published a draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for public comment on July 17, 2019, for a period of thirty (30) days. The Department considered all public comments and then finalized the plan for submittal to the Trustee. To download a copy of the submitted Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, please select the following link: Florida's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan.
Requests for Information
On October 8, 2019, the Department published in the Florida Administrative Register, notice of three Requests for Information (RFI). The Department is making the following RFIs available for a period of 30 days, expiring on November 7, 2019, at 5:00 PM, E.T. The RFIs are not an application for funding. Failure to submit a completed RFI does not preclude an entity from participating in the project funding process; however, the Department will use information from the RFIs to develop the process by which projects are identified and funded. Any government or non-government entity interested in receiving funding for projects, please submit a completed RFI Survey linked below:
EVCI Initiative RFI- Maximum allowed 15 percent, or $24.9 million for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (EVCI) installation;
DERA Initiative RFI - 15 percent, or $24.9 million, for continued administration of EPA’s DERA State Grant Program.
Potential respondents may wish to consult a hardcopy of the RFIs prior to submitting a completed RFI through the online survey links above. Please select the following links for a hardcopy list of questions from the RFIs: Bus, EVCI, DERA.
Electric School Bus Project - Initial Phase
The Department is making $5 million available for an initial phase to replace old diesel school buses with electric school buses. This is the first of many bus projects funded by the Department using Volkswagen Settlement funding. The purpose of this project is to develop best practices for the Mitigation Plan’s School, Transit, and Shuttle Bus Initiative, which is allocated 70 percent, or about $116 million, for funding bus replacement projects. Florida public school districts may use this grant application worksheet to apply for up to 100 percent cost-reimbursement from the Department for the replacement of 2009 or older diesel school buses with new electric battery powered school buses and associated charging infrastructure. Funding will be provided on a first come, first served basis. School districts within an Air Quality Priority Area designated in the Mitigation Plan are eligible for this initial phase. The selected districts are required to competitively identify the businesses to complete the project. Other school districts may apply for future funding opportunities identified in the Mitigation Plan. Interested school districts are to complete and submit the linked application worksheet by November 7, 2019, at 5:00 PM, E.T. To download and complete an application worksheet, please select the following link: Electric School Bus Project - Initial Phase.
Diesel Emissions Reduction Act - DERA
In 2005, the U.S. Congress passed the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) as an amendment to the 2005 Energy Policy Act, Title VII, Subtitle G. Federal funding for DERA was reauthorized in 2010 and in subsequent years. The DERA funding program was designed as a voluntary means to reduce diesel emissions from existing diesel engines that were not manufactured to meet more stringent post-2006 emission standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for overseeing and distributing funds under the DERA program, which includes the DERA State Grant Program. For more information about the DERA State Grant Program and the Department's activities related to prior year funding and future opportunities, please visit the following page: DERA State Grant Program.
News and Information
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