Truck engine retrofitting part of emissions reduction grant

| November 02, 2011

Twenty dump trucks and 10 garbage trucks in several Missouri municipalities are among other heavy-duty vehicles that will be retrofitted to reduce diesel exhaust emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.

The $1.5 million project will help retrofit, repower and replace diesel engines on locomotives, tugboats and loaders in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and nine tribal nations.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will partner with the Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions in Springfield to retrofit the dumps with diesel oxidation catalysts and close crankcase ventilation to reduce emissions from trucks used for paving and asphalt.

Garbage trucks in southeast Missouri will be retrofitted with diesel particulate filters and diesel oxidation catalysts.

The state’s portion of the project funding, $947,338, will be used in part to retrofit municipal truck and repower locomotives and tugboats.

EPA has already awarded $50 million for clean diesel projects to reduce emissions in the air. These efforts will replace, retrofit or repower more than 8,000 older school buses, trucks, locomotives, vessels, and other diesel powered machines.