TERP Seaport and Rail Yard Areas Emissions Reduction (SPRY) Program Now Accepting Grant Applications

TCEQ offers grants for Drayage Trucks and Equipment!

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is now accepting grant applications for the Seaport and Rail Yard Areas Emissions Reduction (SPRY) Program. The purpose of the SPRY program is to encourage individuals and entities operating at designated seaports and Class I Rail Yards in Texas’ nonattainment areas to replace or repower their older on-road vehicles, non-road yard trucks, or other cargo handling equipment with new models.

Applicants may be eligible for funding up to 80% of the cost to replace or repower eligible vehicles and equipment.

For at least two years preceding the submission date of the application, the applicant must have:

  • owned or leased the on-road vehicle, non-road yard truck, or other cargo handling equipment eligible to be replaced under the program; and
  • been used in its primary function in the routine operations of the applicant in Texas; and
  • operated the vehicle or equipment at one or more of the designated seaports or rail yards for a minimum of 200 days per year.

Designated seaports include terminals and facilities located in Port Houston (including the participating facilities of the Houston Ship Channel Security District), Port of Galveston, and Port of Freeport.

Designated Class I Rail Yards include terminals and facilities located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area, Bexar County, Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Area and El Paso Area.

Grant applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 12, 2021 or until all available funds have been awarded.

Join us at an informational workshop to review the grant requirements and application process. RSVP to [email protected].

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Port Freeport
1100 Cherry Street
Freeport, TX 77541

For more information, visit the terpgrants.org for a detailed list of program requirements, maximum eligible grant amounts, and step-by-step application instructions. Contact us toll-free at 800-919-TERP (8377) or by email at [email protected].

New Draft EPA Port-Related Emission Inventory Methodologies Document Available

EPA Webinar — Methodologies for Estimating Port-Related and Goods Movement Mobi (ICS – Calendar File)

We are excited to announce that the public draft of the “Methodologies for Estimating Port-Related and Goods Movement Mobile Source Emission Inventories” is now available.

This document describes the latest, state-of-the-science methodologies for preparing a port-related emissions inventory for six mobile source sectors: ocean-going vessels, harbor craft, recreational marine, cargo handling equipment, onroad vehicles, and rail. This draft document reflects new data sources and model availability, and integrates the lessons learned from practical experience with EPA-Port Everglades Partnership and National Port Strategy Assessment. This document supersedes EPA’s 2009 “Current Methodologies in Preparing Mobile Source Port-Related Emission Inventories.”

Interested stakeholders can send any feedback on this draft to [email protected] by March 31, 2020. In addition, EPA encourages stakeholders to use this document when developing inventories.  EPA will consider any feedback received on the public draft in a future revision to this document.  EPA will be hosting a public webinar on February 25th, 2020 at 2pm Eastern (webinar calendar invite attached) to provide a background of the work leading to this update, approach and scope of the update, and updated methodologies by mobile source sector. For more information, please visit www.epa.gov/ports-initiative/technical-resources-ports/port-and-goods-movement-emission-inventories.

FHWA Air Quality and Sustainable Transport Highlights

Air Quality and Sustainable Transport Highlights

The purpose of this message is to inform you that the latest issue of the FHWA Air Quality and Sustainable Transport Highlights is now available.

The Highlights provide the latest news and information on transportation related air quality and sustainability activities, including information on transportation conformity, resiliency, and other related activities.

Items of interest in this issue include:

  • FHWA Publishes Pilot Reports on Asset Management and Risk to Extreme Weather
  • FHWA Releases the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) Emission Reductions Calculator Toolkit modules for Traffic Flow Improvement and Advanced Diesel Technologies Tools

Past issues of the Air Quality and Conformity Highlights are available at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/air_quality/conformity/highlights/

Past issues of the Sustainable Transport Newsletter are available at: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/sustainability/newsletter/index.cfm

CDC Active People, Health Nation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched an initiative to encourage physical activity. The “Active People, Healthy Nation” initiative is a toolkit for state and local governments and a public information campaign to inform people about the benefits of an active lifestyle. The initiative includes, among other things, information on creating activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations through such state and local efforts as:

  • Complete Streets policies,
  • zoning policies,
  • local government master plans, and
  • Safe Routes to Schools.

The CDC will monitor the nation’s physical activity levels through the National Health Interview Survey and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The initiative is based on the Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. For more information, link to the Active People, Healthy Nation website.

Physical Activity Guidelines (PDF)

Teleconference on Review of the Ozone Standard

Next month, on February 11 and 12, there will be a public meeting (via telephone) of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Draft CASAC Report on EPA’s Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants (External Review Draft – September 2019) and the Draft CASAC Report on EPA’s Policy Assessment for the Review of the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (External Review Draft). To view the agenda and the call-in information, please click the link below:

Agenda & Call-In Information