April 14, 2009Client Alert

Wisconsin Gets Funds for Clean Diesel Programs

To stimulate the State economy by creating jobs and to protect human health and the environment, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) awarded the State of Wisconsin $1.73 million in funding to support clean diesel projects and loan programs. The funds were authorized under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (“The Act”).

Those eligible for the funds are school districts, local governments, businesses, and truck owners and operators who plan to retrofit the technology on existing diesel vehicles to decrease emissions, replace old vehicles or engines with more efficient ones, or install equipment on diesel vehicles to reduce or eliminate idling of such vehicles.

EPA believes the awarding of these funds will not only serve to protect human health and the environment but will also create green jobs in Wisconsin and reduce the number of premature deaths, asthma and other health issues.

In addition to the $1.73 million already awarded to Wisconsin, the State can compete for a portion of $206 million for distribution among the states, local governments, non-profit organizations, and tribal agencies under the Act’s national clean diesel funding programs.

Details regarding how Wisconsin will allocate the funds among eligible projects will be forthcoming.

This client alert is one of a series designed to provide summaries of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ("The Act") and information and guidance regarding opportunities and relief made available through The Act. All of The Act client alerts are available on Michael Best's Stimulus and Economic Recovery Team publications page. For additional information on this topic, please feel free to contact one of the authors of this alert or your Michael Best attorney.

If you are interested in learning about other provisions included in The Act, the Michael Best Stimulus and Economic Recovery Team is prepared to assist you in understanding the implications and in developing and implementing a strategy to secure the benefits of this unprecedented legislation. Specifically, we will assist you to identify opportunities, prepare appropriate proposals and make targeted contacts to secure funds. We will also work with you to ensure that your applications are tailored to meet your needs and that your funded projects proceed in compliance with award requirements and applicable laws.

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