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Is Diesel Squeezing Your Dollar? Only Ten Days Left to Get TERP Grants

Release Date: 04/01/2008
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Tressa Tillman at 214-665-2200 or

(Dallas, Texas – April 1, 2008) With diesel prices hitting record highs near four dollars per gallon, replacing or upgrading older heavy-duty vehicles makes economic and environmental sense. Newer, cleaner models use fuel more efficiently, which can translate to lower costs at the pump and reduced emissions of unhealthy nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollutants.

Eligible local governments, school districts, nonprofits and businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area can apply for grants to cover up to 80 percent of the replacement costs depending on how much NOx is reduced by acquiring a newer model. Interested applicants can receive individual assistance by calling a hotline and speaking with an advisor who can help them figure out exactly how much money they may be eligible to apply for. In addition, Community Help Desks listed below will remain open until April 10 to provide one-on-one assistance. To request an appointment simply call the hotline at (800) 919-8377 and select option four on the menu. Walk-ins are also welcome. The deadline to apply is April 11.

The Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP) serves as a national model for replacing and retrofitting older diesel engines and is managed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports local efforts to encourage participation in TERP as a way to improve air quality in DFW.

Mondays and Wednesdays - 10 am to 3 pm
Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla Dr, L2FS (take the Green Elevators)
Dallas, Texas 75201

Tuesdays and Thursdays - 10 am to 3 pm
Arlington, NCTCOG offices, 616 Six Flags Dr.
Arlington, Texas 76005

Denton, County Courthouse-on-the-Square, 110 W. Hickory, Suite 303
Denton, Texas 76201

Fort Worth (Tuesdays only)
TCEQ regional offices, 2309 Gravel Dr
Fort Worth, Texas 76118

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