California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is providing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) with a $2.224-million grant to reduce emissions from 264 heavy-duty trucks by at least 95% through retrofits with diesel particulate filters.
The California Air Resources Board has instituted a regulation requiring all private utilities and local, state and federal public agencies that own or operate heavy-duty diesel on-road vehicles over 14,000 pounds to retrofit older vehicles beginning in December 2007. Retrofits are required to be phased in for all vehicles by 2011. Each device and installation is estimated to cost $8,500.
The grant came via the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), which was created through State legislation (AB 2766) to implement programs to reduce air pollution from motor vehicles pursuant to air quality plans and provisions of the California Clean Air Act.
The agency allocates Clean Transportation Funding from a $4 surcharge on vehicle license fees, specifically to be used for local projects designed to reduce air pollution from mobile sources such as cars, trucks and buses. Thirty cents of every surcharge dollar goes into the MSRC fund.
The MSRC has awarded more than $200 million since 1991 to fund projects that improve air quality. Over 6,800 tons of pollution have been removed from the air through the program to date.
This has really been a win-win program. We were able to benefit from the MSRC grant and start retrofitting our trucks to reduce emissions more than a year in advance of the required deadline.—LADWP General Manager Ron Deaton