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.
|NO||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.
|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|
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.
|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|
|Independence School District||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|
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.
|Fleet Owner||Type of Vehicle||Number of Vehicles||Retrofit Technology|
|Springfield Public Schools||School Bus||1||Early Replacement|
|Springfield Public Schools||School Bus||66||Direct Fired Heater|
|Ash Grove School District||School Bus||1||Early Replacement|
|Ash Grove School District||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|
|Hollister School District||School Bus||3||Diesel Oxidation Catalyst|
|Hollister School District||School Bus||3||Diesel Oxidation Catalyst and Direct Fired Heater|
|Hollister School District||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|
|Dallas County School District||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|
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.