2018 Clean Diesel Refuse Truck Rebate Application Information
This information is provided by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality  
to assist the public and regulated community .

Form #:  17-018
Applications and Forms
Revised: 1/31/19


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 2017 or newer model year engines fueled by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and certified to meet California Air Resources Board Optional Low-NOx Standards; or fueled by diesel and certified to meet EPA or CARB emission standards.

NDEQ will reimburse:
  • 35% of the base cost of each new CNG-fueled truck up to a maximum rebate of $110,000 per truck.
  • 25% of the base cost of each new diesel truck up to a maximum rebate of $70,000 per truck.
An applicant may apply for rebates for up to two trucks. NDEQ anticipates awarding rebates for replacement of five trucks. The number of refuse truck rebates will be determined by NDEQ after evaluating applications for all Nebraska Clean Diesel projects. 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 2018.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.


  • Any Nebraska municipality that operates refuse trucks.
  • Any private refuse hauler operating in a Nebraska community.
  • 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 2021.
  • 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.
  • Refuse trucks with 2017 or newer model year diesel engines certified to meet EPA or CARB emissions standards.
  • The replacement truck must be in the same vehicle weight class and operate in the same manner as the original truck.
  • A new truck cannot be used to expand the applicant’s current fleet but must replace a truck that is currently operational and in use. Each replaced truck must be disabled (scrapped) within 90 days of replacement.
  • One bid or quote for the replacement truck(s) must be submitted with the application.
  • If selected for an award, the rebate recipient must maintain ownership of the new truck(s) for at least five years from the date of purchase and continue to operate it/them in Nebraska. If a 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 must notify NDEQ and 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.
REIMBURSEMENT TIMELINE: By August 30, 2019, the selectee must:
  1. Accept delivery of the new truck or trucks;
  2. Scrap the old truck(s) in accordance with the program requirements; and
  3. 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.

For the application and instructions, please see the link above. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., March 8, 2019. Only one application per applicant will be accepted, and a maximum of two truck rebates are allowed per application.

Applications will only be accepted if complete and received in the NDEQ Lincoln office on or before 5:00 p.m., March 8, 2019.

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 be given to projects proposing to purchase trucks powered by compressed natural gas. 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.


Mail or e-mail applications to:

Nebraska Clean Diesel Rebate Program
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 98922
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., March 8, 2019 Applications received or incomplete after 5:00 p.m March 8, 2018 will 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

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