Air Pollution Control Program

Missouri Green Fleet Project

The Missouri Department received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for $1.87 million in federal funds. The funding comes under the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The Air Program submitted three applications under this competitive grant and two of the applications received partial funding. The combined project, known as the Missouri Green Fleet Project, will target three areas of the state including St. Louis, Kansas City and Southwest Missouri. Three different organizations were awarded subgrants to implement the project in their respective areas of the state.

The projects included focus on school bus retrofits and replacements, but also include retrofits for trash trucks and switch engine locomotives. Many of the projects focus on diesel engine idle reduction technology. Idling diesel engines not only emits unnecessary harmful pollutants into the ambient air, but also wastes fuel and increase engine wear. By eliminating unnecessary diesel engine idling, this project will improve air quality, conserve diesel fuel and reduce operating costs for the fleet owners included in the project.

In the Kansas City area, one of the projects was for numerous switch engine locomotives to be retrofitted with automatic engine shutdown startup devices. Locomotives operate in areas of extremely disproportionately high levels of diesel emissions. Many rail yards are also located in highly populated areas and are near or in environmental justice communities. Reducing the emissions in and around these yards will dramatically reduce the public’s exposure to diesel exhaust. Automatic engine shutdown startup devices on locomotives can not only reduce emissions, but also lower operating costs. This idle reduction technology will result in the conservation of diesel fuel, which will make the facilities operation more sustainable, thus decreasing America’s dependency on foreign oil. For more information about EPA verified idle reduction technology for medium and heavy duty diesel fleets, see EPA’s verified idle reduction technology list.

The estimated projected annual and lifetime emission reductions and fuel savings from all projects implemented under the Missouri Green Fleet National DERA 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.

Missouri Green Fleet National DERA Project Emission Results and Health Benefits
 
NOx
PM
HC
CO
CO2
Diesel Fuel (Gallons)
Annual Reductions (tons/year)
351.76
7.63
18.53
59.71
979.78
92,469
Lifetime Reductions (tons)
3,704.09
82.33
188.45
608.31
15,842.45
1,515,448
Annual Monetary Health Benefits Based Solely on PM2.5 Reductions:
$6,255,450

Below is a summary of the specific projects expected to be implemented in each of the three areas of the state. Additionally, the subgrantee organizations implementing and overseeing the projects in each area of the state are listed below.

St. Louis area

St. Louis Regional Clean Cities received a subgrant from the Air Program to implement and oversee the project. St. Louis Regional Clean Cities is an agency dedicated to promoting air quality and the use of alternative fuels in the St. Louis region. The table below summarizes the project to be implemented in the St. Louis area.

St. Louis Area Project Summary

Fleet Owner

Type of Vehicle

Number of Vehicles

Retrofit Technology

Hazelwood School District

School Bus

100

Direct Fired Heater

Mehlville School District

School Bus

64

Direct Fired Heater

Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation (VICC)

School Bus

80

Direct Fired Heater

Special School District of St. Louis County

School Bus

49

Direct Fired Heater

school bus     direct fired heater retrofit technology

Kansas City area

The Mid-America Regional Council received a subgrant from the Air Program to implement and oversee the project. Mid-America Regional Council is a regional metropolitan planning agency covering the Kansas City area. This council promotes economic development, transportation and environmental quality throughout the region. In 2009, Mid-America Regional Council received a grant to fund the Regional Air Quality Public Education Program. This program serves to educate Kansas City area residents about protecting air quality and has been instrumental in developing and maintaining the Regional Clean Air Action Plan which promotes voluntary measures that citizens can take every day to reduce their impact on air quality. The data collection assistance that Mid-America Regional Council provides to the state and local air programs assures that relevant and quality assured data is available to regional air quality planners. The table below summarizes the project to be implemented in the Kansas City area.

Kansas City Area Project Summary

Fleet Owner

Type of Vehicle/Equipment

Number of Vehicles/Equipment

Retrofit Technology

Lee’s Summit School District

School Bus

32

Direct Fired Heater

Independence School District

School Bus

1

Early Replacement

School Bus

41

Direct Fired Heater

Grain Valley School District

School Bus

25

Direct Fired Heater

Blue Springs School District

School Bus

32

Direct Fired Heater

First Student Kansas City

School Bus

24

Direct Fired Heater

First Student Parkville

School Bus

24

Direct Fired Heater

Liberty School District

School Bus

33

Direct Fired Heater

BNSF Railways

Switch Locomotive

8

Automatic Engine Shutdown/Startup Device

BNSF Railway switch locomotive     automatic engine shutdown/startup device

Southwest Missouri area

The Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions at Drury University received a subgrant from the Air Program to implement and oversee the project. The Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions at Drury University will be implementing the grant on behalf of the Ozark Clean Air Alliance.

The Ozark Clean Air Alliance is a partnership between multiple stakeholders, which promotes air quality throughout 15 counties in southwest Missouri. Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions at Drury University received a grant in 2009 to provide pollution prevention technical assistance and environmental and sustainability awareness to businesses, organizations, local governments and the general public throughout Missouri's Ozarks region. The purpose of the center is to help organizations identify and implement pollution prevention opportunities to reduce pollution and operational costs. The table below summarizes the project to be implemented in the southwest Missouri area. 

Springfield/Southwest Missouri Area Project Summary

Fleet Owner

Type of Vehicle

Number of Vehicles

Retrofit Technology

Springfield Public Schools

School Bus

1

Early Replacement

School Bus

66

Direct Fired Heater

Ash Grove School District

School Bus

1

Early Replacement

School Bus

4

Diesel Oxidation Catalyst

Chadwick School District

School Bus

2

Early Replacement (Propane Buses)

Marionville School District

School Bus

1

Early Replacement

Logan-Rogersville School District

School Bus

2

Early Replacement

Hollister School District

School Bus

1

Early Replacement

School Bus

3

Diesel Oxidation Catalyst

School Bus

3

Diesel Oxidation Catalyst and Direct Fired Heater

School Bus

12

Direct Fired Heater

Greenfield School District

School Bus

2

Diesel Oxidation Catalyst

Dallas County School District

School Bus

13

Diesel Oxidation Catalyst and Direct Fired Heater

School Bus

7

Direct Fired Heater

Fair Grove School District

School Bus

14

Direct Fired Heater

Cassville School District

School Bus

1

Early Replacement

Aurora School District

School Bus

1

Early Replacement

Branson School District

School Bus

9

Direct Fired Heater

Moore’s Trash Service

Refuse Hauler

1

Diesel Oxidation Catalyst

Automated Waste Services

Refuse hauler

3

Diesel Oxidation Catalyst

Lebanon School District

School Bus

15

Diesel Oxidation Catalyst

MoDOT Southwest District

Dump  Truck

12

Diesel Oxidation Catalyst

school bus     retrofit technology equipment

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. Ozone is known to cause and aggravate respiratory diseases such as asthma. Missouri currently has several areas in the state that are violating or approaching a violation of 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 areas with disproportionately high concentrations of air pollutants is vital to the Air Program’s mission of protecting public health.

Many of the fleet owners included in the project have already procured their equipment and some have begun to purchase and to install the equipment on their fleets. Each of the three subgrantees included in the project have detailed information about the project in each of their respective areas of the state listed on their websites. This project is expected to result in numerous public health and economic benefits. Sept. 30, 2012 is the official end date for this grant.