TCEQ News Release – TERP Program offers informational workshops for Seaport and Rail Yard Areas Emissions Reduction Program

The TERP program is offering informational workshops in Arlington, El Paso and Houston for individuals and entities interested in grants to replace or repower drayage trucks and cargo handling equipment operating at seaports and rail yards in Texas’ nonattainment areas. TERP staff will provide participants with an overview of the SPRY goals, eligibility requirements, and application process.

Arlington – Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, 2:00 pm, at North Central Texas Council of Governments, 616 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011

El Paso – Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, 2:00 pm, at Rio Grande Council of Governments, 8037 Lockheed Dr., El Paso, TX 79925

Houston – Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, 9:30 am, at the Greater Houston Port Bureau, 4400 TX-225, Deer Park, TX 77536

Grantees selected can receive up to 80% of the cost to replace or repower vehicles or equipment.

Individuals and companies who have operated a drayage truck or cargo handling equipment at one or more of the designated seaports or rail yards for a minimum of 200 days per year for the preceding two years are eligible to apply.

Types of equipment that can be replaced or repowered:

  • vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating over 26,000 pounds
  • yard trucks

heavy-duty cargo handling equipment (container handlers, fork lifts, loaders, gantry cranes, and more)

TCEQ Incentive grants improve air quality – Upgrading or replacing high emitting vehicles and equipment

Approximately $50 million in grants is available for projects designed to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) from high-emitting vehicles and equipment, making the air we breathe cleaner. These projects include upgrading or replacing on-road heavy-duty vehicles, non-road equipment, marine vessels, locomotives, or stationary engines operating in Texas. The TCEQ will accept applications from May 15 through August 15, 2018.

Grant amounts for selected projects can be up to 80 percent of the cost to upgrade or replace a vehicle or piece of equipment that has been owned by the applicant and operated in Texas for the last two years. Vehicles must have a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,501 pounds or more and be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency to meet the heavy-duty vehicle federal emission standard. Equipment must be powered by an engine 25 horsepower or greater. The types of project categories eligible under the Emissions Reduction Incentives Grants funding period include:

    • New Purchase or Lease: the engine on the new vehicle or piece of equipment must be certified to emit at least 25 percent less NOx than required under the current standard.
    • Replacement: replacing an eligible vehicle or piece of equipment with a newer vehicle or piece of equipment.
    • Repower: replacing (repowering) an existing engine in an eligible vehicle or piece of equipment with a new, rebuilt, or remanufactured engine. The new engine must be certified to emit 25 percent less NOx than the engine being replaced.
    • Retrofit or Add-On of Emission-Reduction Technology: retrofitting or adding-on emission-reduction technology to an existing engine in an eligible vehicle or piece of equipment. Except for retrofits with certain dual-fuel conversion systems, the vehicle or equipment must be currently owned by the applicant. Applicants must agree to operate the new vehicle or piece of equipment in one or more of the eligible counties. Eligible counties must be part of the state’s air quality nonattainment areas and other affected counties.

Grants are open to individuals, corporations, organizations, government or governmental subdivisions or agencies, business trusts, partnerships, associations or legal entities.

Change in TCEQ ozone e-mail alerts

On February 27, TCEQ distributed the following email:

You are receiving this e-mail because you are subscribed to the TCEQ’s ozone watch and/or ozone warning e-mail alerts.

In the coming days, the TCEQ will release new updates to the e-mail services and webpages associated with our ozone monitoring program.  We are making these updates to streamline available ozone information and ensure scientifically accurate displays of the data.

As a part of this release, you will see the following changes to your ozone e-mail subscriptions:

First, starting March 1, 2013, we will discontinue the Ozone/Air Pollution Warning e-mail service.  Individuals seeking this type of email service are encouraged to view EPA’s AirNow webpage and EnviroFlash alert program.

Second, we will convert the current Ozone Watch/Air Pollution Watch e-mail service to a service managed by GovDelivery.  This service is used by many other Texas agencies and gives you a single location to sign up for any of the updates the TCEQ makes available. This service also allows you to receive text alerts instead of e-mail if you prefer.  You are automatically signed up for the e-mail service using the e-mail address you previously provided.  If you would like to sign up, cancel, or change your subscription, please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXTCEQ/subscriber/new?.

Ozone-related air quality issues remain a high priority for the TCEQ.   We will continue to:

  • provide Texans with the most up-to-date information on environmental issues,
  • operate our extensive ozone monitoring network,
  • publish ozone forecasts and make e-mail or text alerts available, and
  • provide near real-time data on our website.

We appreciate your ongoing interest in air quality and if you have any questions related to these updates, please contact us at [email protected].

Change in TCEQ ozone e-mail alerts

On February 27, TCEQ distributed the following email:

You are receiving this e-mail because you are subscribed to the TCEQ’s ozone watch and/or ozone warning e-mail alerts.

In the coming days, the TCEQ will release new updates to the e-mail services and webpages associated with our ozone monitoring program.  We are making these updates to streamline available ozone information and ensure scientifically accurate displays of the data.

As a part of this release, you will see the following changes to your ozone e-mail subscriptions:

First, starting March 1, 2013, we will discontinue the Ozone/Air Pollution Warning e-mail service.  Individuals seeking this type of email service are encouraged to view EPA’s AirNow webpage and EnviroFlash alert program.

Second, we will convert the current Ozone Watch/Air Pollution Watch e-mail service to a service managed by GovDelivery.  This service is used by many other Texas agencies and gives you a single location to sign up for any of the updates the TCEQ makes available. This service also allows you to receive text alerts instead of e-mail if you prefer.  You are automatically signed up for the e-mail service using the e-mail address you previously provided.  If you would like to sign up, cancel, or change your subscription, please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXTCEQ/subscriber/new?.

Ozone-related air quality issues remain a high priority for the TCEQ.   We will continue to:

  • provide Texans with the most up-to-date information on environmental issues,
  • operate our extensive ozone monitoring network,
  • publish ozone forecasts and make e-mail or text alerts available, and
  • provide near real-time data on our website.

We appreciate your ongoing interest in air quality and if you have any questions related to these updates, please contact us at [email protected].