The Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary, shall establish a program for awarding grants on a competitive basis to public agencies and entities for fleet modernization programs including installation of retrofit technologies for diesel trucks.
(b) Eligible recipients
A grant shall be awarded under this section only to a State or local government or an agency or instrumentality of a State or local government or of two or more State or local governments who will allocate funds, with preference to ports and other major hauling operations.
(1) In general
The Administrator shall seek, to the maximum extent practicable, to ensure a broad geographic distribution of grants under this section.
(2) PreferencesIn making awards of grants under this section, the Administrator shall give preference to proposals that—
will achieve the greatest reductions in emissions of nonmethane hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen, and/or particulate matter per proposal or per truck; or
(d) Conditions of grantA grant shall be provided under this section on the conditions that—
(1) trucks which are replacing scrapped trucks and on which retrofit emissions-control technology are to be demonstrated—
will operate on ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel where such fuel is reasonably available or required for sale by State or local law or regulation;
grant funds will be used for the purchase of emission control retrofit technology, including State taxes and contract fees; and
(e) VerificationNot later than 90 days after August 8, 2005, the Administrator shall publish in the Federal Register procedures to—
verify that trucks powered by ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel on which retrofit emissions-control technology are to be demonstrated will operate on diesel fuel containing not more than 15 parts per million of sulfur after September 2006; and
(f) Authorization of appropriationsThere are authorized to be appropriated to the Administrator to carry out this section, to remain available until expended the following sums:
(Pub. L. 109–58, title VII, § 742, Aug. 8, 2005, 119 Stat. 824.)