News Release 650

Department awarded more than $350,000 for state clean diesel project Opportunities for public and private fleets will help reduce potentially harmful diesel engine emissions

Volume 38-650 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 16, 2010 - The Department of Natural Resources has been awarded a $352,941 federal grant to implement diesel emission reduction projects in the St. Louis, Kansas City, southwest Missouri and southeast Missouri areas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the grant to the department with funds made available through the Diesel Emission Reduction Act.

This grant targets areas of the state that are facing the biggest air challenges, particularly in relation to ozone. Ground-level ozone pollution is a concern in the St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and southeast Missouri areas. These projects will assist the department in achieving the long-term goal of reducing harmful emissions produced by diesel engines as they contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, an air pollutant of concern in Missouri.

Department staff will use the grant award in a one-year period to create two different pools of funding. The grant process will be open to Missouri-based diesel fleet owners and operators in the city of St. Louis and the following counties: St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln, Washington, Warren, Clay, Platte, Jackson, Cass, Ray, Clinton, Buchanan, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Perry, Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Madison, Iron, Greene, Webster, Polk, Dallas, Cedar, Barton, Dade, Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Lawrence, Barry, Stone, Taney and Christian.

The first pool of funding will be used to establish a program, which will be dedicated to early vehicle replacements and will fund up to 25 percent of a new vehicle purchase. The new vehicles purchased must use an EPA-certified engine configuration and also replace an older more polluting vehicle. Both public and private fleets will be eligible to apply under this program.

The second pool of funding establishes a program dedicated to reducing diesel emissions from existing fleets in Missouri. Eligible projects under this program will include EPA- or California Air Resources Board-verified emission control retrofits, EPA-verified idle reduction retrofits, aerodynamic technology, low rolling resistance tires, engine repowers that use an EPA-certified engine configuration and the use of EPA-approved alternative fuels.

The program will fund public fleets at 100 percent of the cost of the project, except for engine repowers, which will require a 25 percent match. Private fleets will be eligible for 75 percent of the cost of the project for all projects, except the incremental cost difference of EPA-approved alternative fuels, which will receive 100 percent funding. Local organizations in each of these areas will administer and oversee their portion of the project. Each of these local organizations will be receiving a subgrant in the amount of $88,235 from the department.

All projects funded through this grant will be selected through the use of multiple requests for proposals in each target area. The local organizations administering the grant include St. Louis Regional Clean Cities, the Mid-America Regional Council, the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission and the Ozark Center for Sustainable Solutions at Drury University. These local organizations will each release two requests for proposals, one for each pool of funding, which are expected to be released in December. Links to the websites of the local organizations where the requests for proposals will be posted when they are released can be found on the department’s website at dnr.mo.gov/env/apcp/dera.htm.

Diesel emissions are also known to cause and exacerbate lung and respiratory disease such as asthma, especially in sensitive populations such as children or the elderly.

For more information on what the department is doing to improve air quality in Missouri and the role Missourians play in improving air quality, call the department's Air Pollution Control Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-4817 or visit the department's website at dnr.mo.gov/env/apcp.

 

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