Minnesota Clean Diesel Recovery Act grant

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Clean Diesel Campaign, authorized in the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, to fund the Minnesota Clean Diesel Grant Program. These funds were made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.


The Padelford Packet Company was awarded a grant to replace four old diesel engines on the Anson Northrup with new cleaner engines.


A large crane from Atlas Foundation Co. receives a new tier-3 engine.

Aggregate Industries Clean Diesel Truck

Cliff Johnson, Monticello, was the first Clean Diesel grant recipient in Minnesota to complete his clean diesel project. Cliff installed new emission control devices on his trailer refrigeration generator engine. 

Cliff Johnson Clean Diesel Truck

Aggregate Industries was awarded a grant in the construction category to retrofit 27 cement trucks with emission control devices that can reduce fine particle emissions by up to 25%.

The MPCA approved clean diesel grant projects of more than $1.5 million, funded from the Recovery Act in August 2009. Recovery Act funding will not only help improve air quality, but will also help maintain or increase jobs.

There were 125 applicants that resulted in 69 grants awarded. The selected grants include large, small, public and private entities from across the state. The engine categories included on-road medium and heavy duty trucks, non-road construction equipment, refrigerated trailers and marine engines.

The emission reduction project categories include:

  • Emission control devices (diesel oxidation catalysts, particulate traps etc.) - 100% funded.
  • Main engine replacements - 75% funded
  • Idle-reduction devices [auxiliary power units (APUs)] - 50% funded.
  • New generator engine units for refrigerated trailers (TRUs) - 75% funded.

By far the most popular category was the idle-reduction device, resulting in approximately 150 APUs that were approved for funding.

For more information, call Mark Sulzbach at 651-757-2770.

Map of Clean Diesel grants awarded

Minnesota Map of Clean Diesel Grants Awarded

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More information and assistance

For more information about this grant program, please contact cleandiesel.pca@state.mn.us.