Environment

Attention Truckers: $12 Million Workshops Start This Week

The County’s Air Pollution Control District wants to give local truck drivers $12 million — to replace or modify their old, pollution-belching diesel engines with modern, advanced technology/alternative fuel trucks.

The district is scheduled to hold four workshops, the first one 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the County library in El Cajon, to answer drivers’ questions and to help them apply for the funding.

The roughly $12 million is part the $1 billion bond that California voters approved in 2006 — Prop. 1B: Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program — that was designed to, among other things, cut the air pollution created by the state’s massive truck and freight movement. The program is a partnership between California’s Air Resources Board and local air districts and ports.

Local truckers who are interested have until Nov. 20 to apply for this year’s funding. Application forms can be found at the County of San Diego Air Pollution Control District’s grants and incentives web page inside the “Notice of Funding Availability” table.

Applicants must submit their originally signed (not copies), completed applications  by mail, delivery, or in person to the County Air Pollution Control District’s offices at 10124 Old Grove Road, San Diego, CA 92131. Applications should be marked, Attention: Grants and Incentives Section. (Fax, email and incomplete applications will not be accepted.)

The four workshops will be held:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 20: From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at San Diego County Library, El Cajon Branch, 201 E. Douglas Ave.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21: From 10 a.m. to noon, County of San Diego North Inland Wellness Center, 649 W. Mission Avenue, Escondido
  • Thursday, Oct. 22: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Truck Net, 8490 Avenida de La Fuente, San Diego
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28: From 10 a.m. to noon, County Operations Center, 5560 Overland Ave., Building 5530, Room 124, San Diego

People who are interested in the program can also call the County Air Pollution District at (858) 586-2600 or at cleanairgrants@sdapcd.org and one of the district’s specialists will help them determine how they may be able to get funding.

For more information, go to the district’s grants and incentives web page.

 

 

Gig Conaughton is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact