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Clean Diesel Initiative

Contact: Environmental Assistance Center (800) 662-9278
Agency: Environmental Quality

What is the Michigan Clean Diesel Initiative (MiCDI)?
The MiCDI is a group of government, industry, and nonprofit organizations working together to address diesel engine pollution in Michigan. The objectives of the MiCDI are to help the state of Michigan achieve improvements in the federal air quality standards for particulate matter and ozone by:
  • Working with specific geographic areas and industry sectors of Michigan to identify where environmental improvements can be made through diesel emission reductions, including reasons for the emission reductions and major sources in the affected areas.
  • Encouraging the development and expansion of innovative technologies that can be used by these industry sectors as well as ways to implement diesel emission reductions at the local level.
  • Acting as a conduit to help identify funding opportunities and resources that can be used to implement diesel reduction technologies and strategies, and to provide resources for the application process.

Funding for Clean Diesel Projects
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is issuing a competitive Request for Proposals for projects that qualify for funding under the Michigan Clean Diesel Grant Program. Competitive funding in the amount of $124,550 is being made available for the implementation of clean diesel projects.

Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) - State Clean Diesel Grant

• Applications accepted from November 7, 2014 through December 5, 2014.
If you need additional information please contact the Environmental Assistance Center at 1-800-662-9278.

Eligible Partners
The DEQ defines eligible partners as cities, townships, and villages; county government agencies; port authorities; public school districts; private schools; other non-profit organizations or institutions that promote transportation or air quality as their focus; metropolitan planning organizations and private business industry.

Types of Projects Eligible for Grant Awards
Below are the diesel emission reduction solutions that are eligible for funding. Please see the Request for Proposals for more information on eligible grant projects.

• Vehicle and Equipment Replacements (covering up to 25% of cost), which includes:
  • Non-road Diesel Vehicles and Equipment
  • Highway Diesel Vehicles
  • Drayage Vehicle Replacement
Eligible Diesel Vehicles, Engines and Equipment
Projects may include, but are not limited to, diesel emission reduction solutions from the following heavy-duty diesel emission source types:

• Buses;
• Medium-duty or heavy-duty trucks; and
• Non-road engines, equipment or vehicles used in:
  • Construction;
  • Handling of cargo (including at a port or airport);
  • Agriculture;
  • Mining; or
  • Energy production (including stationary generators and pumps).

2013-2014 Michigan Clean Diesel Grant Program Results

The MDEQ has completed a two year grant project using $377,062 in U.S. EPA Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding, and a total of $975,077.99 in matching funds. MDEQ partnered with subgrantees Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV), and Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD), on the Southwest Detroit Clean Diesel Collaborative and LISD Diesel Emissions Reduction Projects.

A total of 14 diesel vehicles were replaced ahead of schedule with cleaner burning vehicles, including 4 schools busses and 10 heavy duty trucks. The goal of the program was to replace older vehicles with new models that meet or exceed the current highest EPA emissions standards. This project reduced diesel emissions in the areas of the vehicle operations to reduce disproportionate environmental and public health burdens.

SDEV is a community-based environmental organization operating in, and focused on Southwest Detroit. To implement this project, SDEV partnered with:

Churchill Transportation
Ferrous Processing and Trading
Total Armored Car
Foreman Brothers Inc., and
Red Cap Transport

LISD replaced two diesel powered school buses in its own fleet and partnered with Blissfield Community Schools and Hudson Area Schools to replace two additional busses.

Actual accomplishments exceeded grant expectations in terms of both outputs and outcomes. Four additional vehicles were replaced compared to the original work plan, and the project also created significant annual and lifetime reductions in each targeted emission category, demonstrated in the following table.

Total Emission Reductions Created 2013-2014

Emission Reductions (tons/year) Emission Reductions (lifetime tons)
HC: 0.5677 HC: 9.9204
CO: 2.8711 CO: 49.4682
NOx: 8.9958 NOx: 155.8725
PM: 0.5062 PM: 9.1290
CO2: 26.4900 CO2: 508.6740


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