The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality released their draft plan on the state’s approximately $21 million Volkswagen Settlement fund this morning.
The following categories of projects are listed as eligible to apply for these funds:
- Class 8 Local Freight Trucks and Port Drayage
- Class 4-8 School, Shuttle, or Transit Bus
- Freight Switchers
- Ferries and Tugs
- Ocean Going Vessels Shorepower
- Class 4-7 Local Freight Trucks
- Airport Ground Support Equipment
- Forklifts & Port Cargo Handling
- Light Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Supply Equipment (charging stations)
- Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) actions
More information and the draft plan can be found here.
ODEQ has not yet released information on how to apply for these funds (as this plan is still in draft form), but we now know which project categories will likely be eligible.
If you are considering applying, now is the time to begin gathering information on potential projects.
Note: Do not plan for this funding to cover 100% of any project. Proposals with good match included will likely score better. Also, these are considered private dollars, and can likely qualify as non-federal match on other grants you may be considering applying for, though you should confirm this with the federal agencies you work with.
If you would like to submit comment on this draft plan, there is a public meeting scheduled:
Multipurpose Room, DEQ Headquarters
707 N Robinson Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
The public comment period for the proposed BMP is now open until May 24, 2018. All public comments must be written and sent either by email or by mail.
Please contact us with any questions. There is still much that we do not know – but this provides clarity on which projects will most likely be considered.