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OOIDA to accept applications for APU grants for certain states

OOIDA will be able to offer qualifying members a 40 percent reimbursement for the cost of the APU unit and the installation of the unit.

The Trucker News Services

9/6/2010

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — Members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association who reside in specific states may apply for an auxiliary power unit (APU) grant starting Tuesday.

The Environmental Protection Agency selected OOIDA to receive a $1 million grant to help install approximately 300 emission-cutting APUs in trucks that operate in EPA Regions 6 and 7.

Region 6 includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and 66 tribal nations. Region 7 includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and nine tribal nations.

OOIDA will be able to offer members a 40 percent reimbursement for the cost of the APU unit and the installation of the unit.  This particular grant will be only for OOIDA members who reside in Regions 6 and 7. OOIDA is among five organizations included in a total grant of more than $5.1 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funds (DERA).

Through DERA, EPA provides support for retrofits, engine upgrades, vehicle replacements, idle reduction, cleaner fuels and financing for clean technologies for trucks, buses, and non-road equipment. Overall, the improvements funded by these grants consist of EPA-verified and certified technologies to assist in the reduction of diesel emissions.

The grants will be administered through the OOIDA Foundation, which is the Association’s research arm. OOIDA Media Spokesperson Norita Taylor said the Foundation has been working with the EPA on details regarding applications, which will be handled by OOIDA’s Equipment Finance Department.

“Qualifying OOIDA members who reside in those regions who are interesting in applying should contact our Equipment Finance Department for details on the program,” she said.

EPA estimates every dollar invested in reducing diesel exhaust will yield up to $13 in public health benefits. Through the use of this funding, the agency claims potential for approximately $4 billion of health benefits nationwide.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is the largest national trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers. OOIDA was established in 1973 and is headquartered in the greater Kansas City, Mo. area. The Association currently has nearly 154,000 members from all 50 states and Canada.

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