Air Pollution Control Program
The goal of Missouri's Clean Diesel Program is to improve air quality by reducing diesel emissions from on-road and off-road engines operating in the state.
Since 2008, the department has implemented state DERA programs each year to help fund projects for diesel fleet owners and operators in Missouri to reduce their emissions. When opportunities under the state DERA program become available, they will be listed on this webpage.
2014 Missouri Clean Diesel Program (Tugboat Engine Repower Program)
Under the state allocated Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) funding for 2014, the Department of Natural Resources’ Air Pollution Control Program received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund a clean diesel program in Missouri.
The 2014 Missouri State Clean Diesel Program targets engine repower projects for tugboats that operate within or along the border of Missouri. Many tugboats operate 24 hours a day, 7 days week, stopping operations only a few times a year for maintenance and repairs. Tugboats often operate near ports in large, densely populated metropolitan areas that receive disproportionately large amounts of diesel emissions. For these reasons, repowering tugboat engines to reduce emissions maximizes public health benefits. Tugboat fleets that repower their vessels often report large fuel efficiency improvements that help to reduce the consumption of diesel fuel, lowering dependence on fossil fuels.
The Selection Process
The Air Pollution Control Program has developed a request for applications soliciting tugboat engine repower projects to be implemented through the 2014 Missouri State Clean Diesel Program. Applications for tugboat engine repower projects will be accepted through Aug. 29, 2014. All tugboat fleet owners and operators with tugboats operating at least 50 percent of the time within or along the border of Missouri are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. If selected, awardees will receive up to 50 percent of the cost of the parts and labor necessary to perform the repower. In order to ensure emissions reductions are achieved through this program, the engines being replaced must be permanently disabled after the new engines are installed. By Sept. 19, 2014, the Air Pollution Control Program will announce the applicants that have been selected to receive awards. Applications will be scored based on the amount of projected emission reductions and the location of the vessels main operations. The department expects that one or two applications will be selected, which will result in repowering of one or two tugboats with engines meeting much cleaner federal emission standards.
The full request for applications along with the application form that applicants must fill out and submit can be found in the respective links below:
- Missouri 2014 Tugboat Engine Repower Request for Applications (RFA)
- Missouri 2014 Tugboat Repower Application Form
Improving Air Quality
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is committed to developing ways to reduce diesel emissions which contribute to ambient particle concentrations and the formation of ground-level ozone. Diesel emissions are known to cause and aggravate lung and respiratory diseases such as asthma. Reducing emissions is an important step toward protecting public health and improving the air quality in Missouri.