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National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Grant


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EPA National Clean Diesel Campaign

National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Grant

Project Description:
Federal stimulus package funds totaling $1,000,000 will be used to purchase three different types of diesel emissions reduction technology which will be installed on approximately 200 heavy duty diesel vehicles in Lincoln and Lancaster County.
  1. Diesel Oxidation Catalyst
  2. Closed Crankcase Ventilation System
  3. BNSF Switch Engine Hotstart Generator System
Grant Award:
$1,000,000
City Match:
$0
Project Sponsor:
City of Lincoln and Lancaster County Health Department
Project Contact:
Rick Thorson - 441-6236

1. Diesel Oxidation Catalyst

A diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) is a direct replacement for original equipment mufflers. This technology will be fitted to City of Lincoln maintenance vehicles and privately owned concrete mixer trucks. A DOC offers emission reductions of 25% to 50% for particulate matter, carbon monoxide, hydro-carbons, and carbon dioxide.

A DOC is shown being installed on a Ready Mixed Concrete truck.

2. Closed Crankcase Ventilation System

Closed Crankcase Ventilation System (CCVS) eliminates harmful and unwanted crankcase emissions and allows the crankcase to be closed without loss of power or decreased fuel economy. The CCVS also reduces emissions inside the vehicle and under the hood, and it reduces oil consumption. 105 Lincoln Public School busses will be fitted with this technology.

3. BNSF Switch Engine Hotstart Generator System

This technology will be utilized on 8 Burlington Northern Sante Fe switch engines. The Hotstart generator system maintains all engine fluid temperatures allowing the large locomotive diesel engine to be shut down when not in use. Currently, the diesel switch engines are running almost continuously. This technology greatly reduces harmful diesel emissions and fuel consumption as an added benefit.

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