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The Philadelphia Diesel Difference:. A Partnership for Cleaner Air. Air Management Services. Source Registration Compliance inspections Enforcement Emissions Inventory Air Monitoring Network Asbestos Control Compliant Response Implosions Noise and vibration complaints

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The Philadelphia Diesel Difference:

A Partnership for Cleaner Air.

air management services
Air Management Services
  • Source Registration
  • Compliance inspections
  • Enforcement
  • Emissions Inventory
  • Air Monitoring Network
  • Asbestos Control
  • Compliant Response
  • Implosions
  • Noise and vibration complaints
  • Outreach and Education
problem in philadelphia
Problem in Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia ranked 5th worst in the nation for greatest public health risk associated with air toxics.
  • Estimated 3,085 cancers caused by diesel particulate.
  • Diesel exhaust responsible for 260 premature deaths a year in the Philadelphia area
  • Diesel vehicles comprise only 7.5% of the vehicle miles traveled in PA yet contribute 48% of the summertime NOX and 65% of fine particulate matter derived from highway vehicles .
national ambient air quality standards
National Ambient Air Quality Standards
  • Six criteria pollutants measured, based on health standards.
  • Pollutant Primary Stds. Averaging Times Secondary Stds.
  • CO 9 ppm (10 mg/m3) 8-hour None 35 ppm (40 mg/m3) 1-hour None
  • Lead 1.5 µg/m3 Quarterly Average Same as Primary
  • NO2 0.053 ppm (100 µg/m3) Annual Same as Primary
  • PM10 50 µg/m3 AnnualSame as Primary 150 ug/m3 24-hour
  • PM2.5 15 µg/m3 Annual Same as Primary 65 ug/m3 24-hour
  • Ozone 0.08 ppm 8-hour Same as Primary 0.12 ppm 1-hour Same as Primary
  • SOx 0.03 ppm Annual 0.14 ppm 24-hour 3-hour 0.5 ppm (1300 ug/m3)
  • Attainment status designates whether or not a health standard has been achieved.
air quality impact for philadelphia
Air Quality Impact for Philadelphia
  • Diesel particulate (soot)
    • Likely to be in non-attainment for PM 2.5, of which a significant portion is PMdiesel.
  • Smog
    • Non-attainment for 1-hour ozone standard.
    • Non-attainment for 8-hour ozone standard.
  • Air Toxics
    • Mobile sources most significant.
health effects of diesel exhaust
Health Effects of Diesel Exhaust
  • Chronic respiratory diseases.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Asthma.
  • Known carcinogen.
  • Children adversely affected.
clean diesel technologies
Clean Diesel Technologies
  • Menu of options
    • Hardware
      • Particulate traps/filters
      • Oxidation catalysts
    • Clean Fuels
      • Ultra low sulfur diesel fuel
      • Emulsified Diesel Fuel
      • Bio-diesel
    • Idling Reduction Technology
    • Combination of the above
  • EPA and CARB Verified Technologies
future of diesel marketplace
Future of Diesel Marketplace
  • Mid-2006: Ultra low sulfur diesel is required for all on-road diesel vehicles.
    • Sulfur content of diesel #2 reduced from 500 ppm to 15 ppm.
    • 97% reduction in sulfur content.
  • 2007: Original equipment manufacturers produce engines with cleaner exhaust systems.
societal costs
Societal Costs
  • Premature death.
  • Asthma related emergency room visits.
  • Hospitalizations.
  • Heart attacks.
  • Lost work days.
  • Lost productivity.
  • Decreased quality of life.
  • Diesel engines have a 20-35 year lifespan.
  • Existing diesel engines require retrofits to bring them up to newer standards.
  • Retrofits can cost up to more than $6,000 per vehicle.
  • ULSD not mandatory until 2006.
philadelphia diesel difference
Philadelphia Diesel Difference
  • Supports the voluntary implementation of clean diesel technologies on diesel powered engines.
  • Coalition of diverse partners:
    • Public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Working Group of over forty members.
  • Outreach and education, funding, technical assistance, non-monetary recognition.
diesel difference charter
Diesel Difference Charter
  • Demonstrates commitment to supporting the Philadelphia Diesel Difference.
  • Endorsements include:
  • American Lung Association of Pennsylvania
  • Citizen’s for Pennsylvania’s Future
  • City of Philadelphia, Department of Public Health
  • City of Philadelphia, Managing Director’s Office
  • City of Philadelphia, Office of Fleet Management
  • Clean Air Council
  • Cummins Power Systems
  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • Energy Coop
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
  • Sprague Energy
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Wissahickon School District
recognition program
Recognition Program
  • Provided to fleets that implement clean diesel technologies on diesel powered vehicles.
  • Three “levels” of recognition criteria.
    • Platinum, gold, and silver.
    • Based on overall emissions reductions.
  • Recognition may included a press conference, plaque, press release, decal, and/or success story.
  • Additional public relations and advertising opportunities.
corporate sponsorship program
Corporate Sponsorship Program
  • To aid in the facilitation of implementing clean diesel technologies in area diesel fleets.
  • Financial and in-kind services welcomed.
    • Include pro-bono public relations and consulting services.
  • Donations are tax-deductible, through an account with the Clean Air Council.
  • Focuses on presentations to targeted audiences of potential donors.
clean yellow bus association of southeastern pa
Clean Yellow Bus Association of Southeastern PA
  • Promoting ways and providing assistance to reduce air pollution from school buses.
  • Coalition participants:
  • Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Program
  • Energy Cooperative of Pennsylvania
  • Lower Merion School District
  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • PennFuture
  • PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Philadelphia Air Management Services
  • School District of Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia Diesel Difference
  • Clean Air Council
  • Johnson Matthey
  • Rentar Environmental Solutions
  • Krapf Bus Co.
  • Sprague Energy
outreach and education
Outreach and Education
  • Partner with the Clean Air Council through a Mobile Source Outreach grant.
    • Website.
    • Outreach materials.
    • Quarterly newsletter.
    • Tabling at public events.
    • Individual consultations.
    • Funding announcements.
    • Registry of interested fleets.
    • Anti-idling promotion.
  • Philadelphia Anti-Idling Enforcement Initiative Press Event (April 20, 2005)
  • Organizational Structure, including financial support from members
  • 5 Active Sub-Committees (Technical, Port Emissions, Criteria, Executive, Corporate Sponsorship)
  • Successes: Wissahickon (completed), West Chester School District (completed), North Penn, Upper Darby, Unionville-Chadds Ford, Upper Moreland, Garnet Valley, City of Philadelphia/School District of Philadelphia, Upper Darby, Amtrak
  • Wealth of information on the website
additional information
Additional Information
  • Http://
  • Http://
  • Diesel Difference/Corporate Sponsorship:
    • Eric Cheung, Clean Air Council
      •, (215) 567-4004, Ex. 114