In 2011, 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 four different areas of the state facing the biggest air quality challenges.  These areas included the St. Louis area, the Kansas City area, the Southeast Missouri area and 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.  The projects funded under the 2011 Missouri State Clean Diesel Program have all been completed and the 2011 project concluded a 4-year grant cycle that ended in September 2012.

The estimated projected annual and lifetime emission reductions and fuel savings from all projects implemented under the 2011 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.

2011 Missouri State DERA Project Emission Results and Health Benefits
 
NOx
PM
HC
CO
CO2
Diesel Fuel (Gallons)
Annual Reductions (tons/year)
6.57
0.23
0.17
1.10
227.53
20,498
Lifetime Reductions (tons)
141.12
4.77
2.90
19.37
5,731.51
516,352
Annual Monetary Health Benefits Based Solely on PM2.5 Reductions:
$108,060

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:

  • Siedhoff Distributing: Eight fuel operated heaters and seven trailer fairings for long-haul trucks.
  • Destination Moon: One set of low rolling resistance tries for a long-haul truck.
  • Special School District of St. Louis: Twelve fuel operated heaters for school buses.
  • DeSoto School District: One fuel operated heater for a school bus and one early replacement for a school bus.

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:

  • Transway Inc.: One set of low rolling resistance tires for a long haul truck.
  • Dynamic Expositions: Three sets of low rolling resistance tires and trailer fairings for long-haul trucks.
  • American Central Transport: One auxiliary power unit for a long haul truck.
  • Kansas City Missouri Public Works: Ten fuel operated heaters for class 8 trucks.
  • People’s Transportation Services: One early replacement for a school bus.

Springfield/Southwest Missouri Area Project

In the Springfield/Southwest Missouri area, the Air Program awarded a subgrant to the Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions at Drury University.  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/Southwest Missouri area project:

  • Convoy of Hope: Two auxiliary power units for long haul trucks.
  • Reasoner’s Equipment: One auxiliary power unit for a long haul truck.
  • Neosho School District: Eight fuel operated heaters for school buses.
  • Ozark School District: One fuel operated heater for a school bus.
  • Lockwood School District: One early replacement for a school bus. 

Southeast Missouri Area project

In the Southeast Missouri area, the Air Program awarded a subgrant to the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission.  Public and private fleet owners and operators with fleets located the following counties were eligible to apply for funds under this program: St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Perry, Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Madison and Iron.  Below is a list of the projects that were funded in the Southeast Missouri area project:

  • Harlan Miller Trucking: One auxiliary power unit for a long haul truck.
  • Byron Lang Trucking: Three auxiliary power units for long haul trucks.
  • Meyer Bus Line: Eight fuel operated heaters for school buses.
  • DRPAMJ Transport: One early replacement for a long-haul truck.