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Southeast Diesel Collaborative. Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition Moving Alabama Forward Workshop March 17, 2010 Dale Aspy, EPA Region 4. Diesel Emissions Concerns. Diesel exhaust poses significant public health concerns:

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Southeast diesel collaborative
Southeast Diesel Collaborative

Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition

Moving Alabama Forward Workshop

March 17, 2010

Dale Aspy, EPA Region 4

Diesel emissions concerns
Diesel Emissions Concerns

  • Diesel exhaust poses significant public health concerns:

    • Exacerbates asthma, causes respiratory and cardiovascular illness, is a potential cause of cancer and premature death

    • Likely human carcinogen at occupational and environmental exposure levels

  • Reductions will decrease CO2

    emissions/aid climate change:

    • One gallon of diesel consumed

      creates 22.2 pounds of CO2

  • Replace diesel fuel with alternatives

    (biodiesel, CNG, propane) to

    improve energy security

Southeast diesel collaborative

Southeast Diesel Collaborative

GOAL: Improve air quality and public health by reducing emissions from existing diesel engines

Sedc objectives 2010 2011
SEDC Objectives 2010-2011


  • Leverage Education and Outreach, strengthen partnerships

  • Promote the use of clean diesel fuels and retrofits

  • Develop incentives to support/facilitate retrofits

  • Promote idling reduction and other strategies

  • Engage transportation, energy and other groups to promote new opportunities in climate change, renewable energy and clean diesel

Sedc success
SEDC Success

  • Voluntary public and private partnership formed in 2006, focused on clean diesel opportunities that incorporate Energy, the Environment and Economics

  • Over 700 partners from government, industry, state/local groups

  • Over 450 clean diesel projects impacting 43,000+ engines

  • Focus Areas

    • Public Fleets

    • Non-Road

    • Freight (Ports>Rail>Trucks, Interstate Green Corridors)

    • Other efforts (Military Clean Diesel, Idle Reduction bumper stickers)

  • Monthly conference calls, focus group calls, workshops, annual meetings

Leadership council awards
Leadership Council Awards

  • SEDC awards for Leadership in Private and Public sectors for first time in 2009

    • Coca Cola Enterprises

    • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Arpt

    • 2010 awardees selected, announcing Spring

Sedc projects promote the business case
SEDC Projects – Promote the Business Case

  • “The equipment performance does actually improve. It’s a newer, more efficient engine. The better technology of today’s electronically controlled engines can just out perform mechanical engines.” Mike Hulon, Mustang Caterpillar

  • --Nonroad retrofits can be some of the most cost effective

    • Example - a typical bulldozer may emit as much PM as 500 cars

Funding opportunities with the southeast diesel collaborative

Funding Opportunities With The Southeast Diesel Collaborative

National clean diesel funding assistance program
National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program

  • Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funds in EPA budget 2008=$50M, 2009=$60M, 2010=$60M (2011 reauthorization due)

  • Delayed process for FY2009 due to Recovery Act grants.

    One national Request for Proposals for DERA for 2009+2010

  • SEDC received $8.1M total

  • 5 Projects have been selected for FY09/10 funds – awards pending (no announcements yet)

  • Expect about $4M for FY2011

    • Competition in late fall, 2010

Southeast diesel collaborative

National CleanDieselCampaign

$60M for FY2009, Estimated $60M for FY2010

Competitive grant process. Single request for proposals. Apply to EPA Regions.

National Component

$ Million(70%)

State Component

$14.8 Million(30%)

National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program $32M for2009, Estimated $32M for 2010

State Clean Diesel Grant Program$14.8 M

SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program

Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program

2009 recovery act funding
2009 Recovery Act Funding

  • EPA Region 4/SEDC received $33 million for clean diesel under the Recovery Act

  • $1.73M awarded in April to each of 8 southeast states ($14M total)

  • 17 projects competitively selected from 99 applications; awarded in June ($19M total)

Funding and impacts
Funding and Impacts

  • Funding (DERA+ARRA Grants): $50,530,953

  • Leveraged Funds: $300,327,010

  • Lifetime tons of Emissions Reduced from all 450 SEDC projects:

    • NOx 22,228

    • PM 2,308

    • HC 46,001

    • CO 9,376

    • CO2 184,071

Region 4 sedc events
Region 4/SEDC Events

  • SEDC 5th Annual Partners Meeting on

    JUNE 21-24 in Atlanta

  • Free! Registration will be at


  • Reducing emissions from diesel engines is one of the most important air quality challenges facing the country

  • SEDC offers a Region-wide network and technical resources available to reduce diesel emissions

  • It’s a shared responsibility – federal, state, private, & local organizations all have to do their part

  • Join the SEDC -

  • “The SEDC has given DHEC a platform to discuss mobile source reductions in all areas of the state.”

    Myra Reece, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

  • “The biggest assets we have are the partnerships we have developed. It is partnerships like these that are needed to successfully address these issues.”

    Kathy Hornsby, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs

Contact information
Contact Information

  • Dale Aspy 404-562-9041

  • Alan Powell 404-562-9045

  • Kelly Sheckler 404-562-9222

  • Amanetta Somerville 404-562-9025

  • Scott Davis 404-562-9127