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Diesel Forum Announces New Retrofit Funding Directory

January 9, 2002

The Diesel Technology Forum announced Jan. 9 the release of a directory that identifies state and federal funding sources for upgrading existing diesel equipment. The directory is available on the Forum's website at www.dieselforum.org.

"Interest in upgrading existing diesel engines is increasing dramatically," said Forum Executive Director Allen Schaeffer. "The one thing everyone wants to know is whether there is funding available to offset the costs of making these improvements. This new directory will be a primary resource for answering that crucial question."

"This unique directory is geared to key stake holders including trucking and transit bus fleet owners and operators, equipment operators, and government officials," Schaeffer said. "Our goal is to provide the most up to date information about incentive and grant funds available, eligibility criteria and all of the necessary contact information in a single database."

For the past two years, the Diesel Technology Forum has been working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state and regional governments providing technical, policy and program support for exploring diesel emissions reductions programs. Like the recently released retrofit video "The Quest For Clean Air," this new funding resource directory is another example of the ongoing collaborative efforts between EPA and the Diesel Technology Forum to promote clean diesel solutions.

"There are a growing number of options for existing diesel engines that are both technically feasible and provide real clean air benefits," stated Schaeffer. "This directory provides the critical link to locating funds for implementing these technologies."

The Retrofit Funding Directory is located on the Forum's Web site along with a full array of information about clean-diesel solutions for modernizing and upgrading existing equipment, and video and audio streaming of The Quest For Clean Air video. To reach the new Retrofit Funding Directory, go to www.dieselforum.org and select Retrofit Program on the navigation bar.

The Diesel Technology Forum brings together the diesel industry, the broad diesel user community, civic and public interest leaders, government regulators, academics, scientists, the petroleum industry, and public health researchers, to encourage the exchange of information, ideas, and points-of-view as to current and future uses of clean diesel technology.

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