Air Pollution Control Program

2009 Missouri Clean Diesel Program

In 2009 the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Air Pollution Control Program received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, to fund a clean diesel program in Missouri.  The Air Program awarded subgrants to organizations in three different areas of the state facing the biggest air quality challenges.  These areas included the St. Louis area, the Kansas City area and the Springfield/Southwest Missouri area.  Each subgrantee released requests for proposals to solicit for projects in their respective areas of the state.  The requests for proposals solicited projects from both public and private fleets.  Public fleets were able to apply for funds to purchase and install EPA or California Air Resources Board, or CARB, verified emission control technology.  The grant would fund up to 100 percent of the cost of equipment and installation.  Private fleets were able to apply for funds to purchase either EPA or CARB verified emission control technology or EPA verified idle reduction technology.  The grant would fund up to 40 percent of the cost of equipment and installation for private fleets under the program.  The projects funded under the 2009 Missouri Clean Diesel Program have all been completed and any excess funds remaining were rolled into the 2010 Missouri Clean Diesel Program to continue the project the following year.

The estimated projected annual and lifetime emission reductions and fuel savings from all projects implemented under the 2009 program can be seen in the table below, along with the estimated annual monetary health benefits attributed to the project.  The projected emission reductions, fuel savings and health benefits were calculated using the EPA Diesel Emissions Quantifier.

2009 Missouri State DERA Project Emission Results and Health Benefits
 
NOx
PM
HC
CO
CO2
Diesel Fuel (Gallons)
Annual Reductions (tons/year)
4.87
0.15
0.05
0.28
189.97
17,115
Lifetime Reductions (tons)
99.18
3.02
0.85
4.40
4,253.36
383,186
Annual Monetary Health Benefits Based Solely on PM2.5 Reductions:
$104,770

The Air Program is committed to reducing diesel emissions in Missouri.  Diesel emissions contain oxides of nitrogen as well as volatile organic compounds, which in the presence of sunlight; react to form ground-level ozone, the pollutant of most concern statewide in Missouri.  Ozone is known to cause and aggravate respiratory diseases such as asthma.  Missouri currently has several areas in the state that are designated non-attainment under EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone, which is set to establish limits on ground level ozone concentrations that will protect public health.

Diesel emissions also contain fine particulate matter, which can penetrate deep into people’s lungs past their natural defenses.  This can lead to a variety of different lung and respiratory disease including lung cancer.  Reducing diesel emissions, particularly in high population areas and areas that receive disproportionately high concentrations of air pollutants is vital to the Air Program’s mission of protecting public health.

Detailed information about the individual projects funded in each area of the state is listed below.

St. Louis Area Project

In the St. Louis area, the Air Program awarded a subgrant to St. Louis Regional Clean Cities to implement the program.  Public and private fleet owners and operators with fleets located in the City of St. Louis and the following counties were eligible to apply for funds under this program: St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Franklin, Jefferson, Washington and Warren.  Below is a list of the projects that were funded in the St. Louis area project:

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Kansas City Area Project

In the Kansas City area, the Air Program awarded a subgrant to the Mid-America Regional Council to implement the program.  Public and private fleet owners and operators with fleets located the following counties were eligible to apply for funds under this program: Platte, Clay, Ray, Jackson, Cass, Clinton and Buchanan.  Below is a list of the projects that were funded in the Kansas City area project:

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Springfield/Southwest Missouri Area Project

In the Springfield/Southwest Missouri area, the Air Program awarded a subgrant to the Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions.  The Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions at Drury University implemented the grant on behalf of the Ozark Clean Air Alliance.  Public and private fleet owners and operators with fleets located the following counties were eligible to apply for funds under this program: Cedar, Polk, Dallas, Barton, Dade, Greene, Webster, Christian, Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Lawrence, Barry, Stone and Taney.  Below is a list of the projects that were funded in the Springfield/SW Missouri area project:

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