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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started a pilot rebate program for nonroad engines called the Construction Equipment Funding Opportunity, which helps to provide financial assistance to public and private construction equipment owners for engine replacements and/or exhaust controls on older construction equipment. 

The program allows applicants to request rebates as high as $69,000 for one engine. Rebates may be requested for up to five nonroad engines for a total maximum rebate of $120,000. Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, or private entities under a contract with one of the above public entities. Applicants must operate their equipment in areas of poor air quality. A full list of eligible counties and an overview of eligibility requirements are available to those interested in applying. 

Applications are due by Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. (ET). EPA will select from the eligible applications using a random number generator to determine who receives the funds. 

In addition, EPA will hold a webinar Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. (ET) detailing the applicant eligibility requirements.