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Since 1997 the APCD has been providing local companies the opportunity to reduce emissions from mobile sources while significantly reducing their cost of upgrading to new, clean emitting equipment. Since the APCD began administering grant funding, over $14.3 million dollars has been awarded to reduce emissions from high polluting diesel engines, securing 2,417 tons of emissions reductions in the past 14 years and over 41 tons in the past fiscal year alone. Funding for the grant programs is derived from three main sources: Carl Moyer (state monies from tire disposal and smog check fees), DMV registration fees and mitigation fees.
In 2011, the APCD launched two new grant programs; the Equipment Replacement Program, providing funding to help replace older off-road equipment including agricultural tractors and construction equipment with new equipment, and the Fleet Modernization Program which provides funding to help replace older heavy-duty on-road trucks (over 19,500 lbs GVW) with new or late model used trucks. The APCD also currently funds off-road heavy-duty repower and retrofit projects, stationary agricultural engines and marine vessel repowers. The APCD has contracted with local dealers and dismantlers for the programs to keep monies local and to help assist applicants through the application process. These projects assist local businesses with early compliance with State regulations.
The APCD also launched the Old Car Buy Back Program in 2009 to give participants $800 to voluntarily retire their 1992 or older vehicles in SLO County. To date the program has retired over 200 high polluting vehicles.
If you are interested in our grant programs, visit our grant program page (link to webpage) or call the APCD at 805-781-5912.