The California Air Resources Board (CARB), in coordination with six local air districts,* is offering $106 million in funds to assist qualified diesel semi truck owners with upgrades, retrofits or replacements of their rigs in an effort to reduce emissions.

According to CARB, owners of the dirtiest semis that rack up the most miles per year will likely receive monetary assistance. Projects selected for funding will include upgrades or even engine replacements that achieve significant emissions reductions without costing the state a substantial amount of coin. The Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program, supported by $1 billion in voter-approved Proposition 1B bonds, has already handed out $230 million to clean up California's heavy-duty trucks over the last two years.

All six air districts will accept applications for funds from truck owners until April 29th, 2011. Once all applications have been received, CARB will rank them according to guidelines and award funds to big rig owners.

[Source: Green Car Congress, Central Valley Business Times | Image: cupcakes2 – C.C. License 2.0]

*Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Imperial County Air Pollution Control District, Sacramento Metro Air Quality Management District, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, San Diego Air Pollution Control District and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

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