The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) announces that funding is available to assist Nebraska refuse haulers to replace older refuse trucks with new trucks powered by a 2017 or newer model year engine powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and certified to meet California Air Resources Board Optional Low-NOx Standards. NDEQ will refund 35% of the base cost of each new, cleaner truck up to a maximum rebate of $105,000 per truck. NDEQ anticipates awarding four rebates. An applicant may apply for rebates for up to two trucks. This funding is made possible by the Environmental Protection Agency’s State Clean Diesel Grant program.
NOTE: Government-owned refuse trucks in Nebraska with diesel engine model years 1992-2009 may be eligible for replacement at an equal or higher reimbursement percentage under a future grant program funded by the Volkswagen Environmental Trust.
If you have questions about the program, please review the FAQ Clean Diesel Rebate 2017.pdf (above). If you have additional questions or comments, please send them by email to NDEQ.AirQuality@Nebraska.gov. Please continue to refer to this page as it will be updated as questions are received.
Application deadline is 5:00 p.m., December 15, 2017
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
- Any Nebraska municipality that operates refuse trucks.
- Any private refuse hauler operating in a Nebraska community.
ELIGIBLE REPLACEMENT TRUCKS
- Eligible vehicles are operational class 7 diesel-powered refuse trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001lbs or greater and a 1995-2006 engine model year.
- Trucks must be in current use hauling refuse in Nebraska.
- Applicants must certify on the rebate application that their current truck was not scheduled for replacement before September, 2020.
- Refuse trucks with 2017 or newer model year CNG engines certified to meet CARB’s Optional Low-NOx Standards of 0.1 g/bhp-hr, 0.05 g/bhp-hr, or 0.02 g/bhp-hr NOx.
- The replacement truck must be in the same vehicle weight class and operate in the same manner as the original truck.
- If the horsepower of the new truck exceeds the horsepower of the old truck by more than 25%, prior approval by NDEQ and EPA Region 7 must be obtained before purchasing the new truck.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
- The new truck cannot be used to expand the applicant’s current fleet but must replace a truck that is currently operational and in use. The replaced truck must be disabled (scrapped) within 90 days of replacement.
- Three bids or price quotes for the replacement truck must be submitted with the application. Applicants are expected to select the most cost-effective bid.
- If selected for an award, the rebate recipient must maintain ownership of the new truck for at least five years from the date of purchase and continue to operate it in Nebraska. If the new truck is sold before the end of the five-year period, moved out of state, or used for purposes other than what is allowed under this program, the rebate recipient may be required to return up to the full amount of the rebate to NDEQ. The amount required to be returned is at the discretion of NDEQ, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
- Recipients will be required to file annual reports of mileage and fuel use for the duration of the agreement.
For the application and instructions, please see the link above. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., December 15, 2017. Only one application per applicant will be accepted, and a maximum of two truck rebates are allowed per application.
Applications will be accepted if complete and received in the NDEQ Lincoln office on or before 5:00 p.m., December 15, 2017.
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the public health benefit of the vehicle replacement and the cost-effectiveness of the emissions reduction (determined from the annual hours of operation, fuel use, and estimated remaining years of service of the replaced vehicle). Preference will also be given to projects in the following EPA-designated priority counties: Buffalo, Dodge, Douglas, Gage, Jefferson, Keith, Lancaster, Lincoln, Platte, and Scotts Bluff.
REIMBURSEMENT TIMELINE: By August 30, 2018, the selectee must:
- Accept delivery of the new truck or trucks;
- Scrap the old truck(s) in accordance with the program requirements; and
- Submit the Request for Reimbursement Form, the Final Report Form, Certificate of Destruction, and all required supporting documentation once the new truck has been purchased and received.
Mail, e-mail, or hand-deliver applications to:
Nebraska Clean Diesel Rebate Program
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
1200 N Street, Suite 400
Lincoln NE 68509-8922
Only signed and dated original applications will be accepted. You will receive an e-mail confirming NDEQ’s receipt of your application.
The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., December 15, 2017. Applications received after 5:00 p.m., December 15, 2017 will not be eligible.
Applications that remain incomplete after December 15, 2017 will also not be eligible.
NDEQ is not responsible for any applications that are delayed or lost in the mail. It is the applicant’s responsibility
to ensure that their application was received by the department by the deadline.
Questions? Email us at NDEQ.AirQuality@nebraska.gov
Note: Effective Oct. 1, 2009, any individual submitting any application or form that would derive public benefit from the state must also fill out a United States Citizenship Attestation form. This applies to individuals submitting the forms on their own behalf. If applicable, please fill out the United States Citizenship Attestation form below and submit it with the relevant applications and forms.
United States Citizenship Attestation Form