Michigan Clean Diesel Program

What is the Michigan Clean Diesel Program?
The Michigan Clean Diesel Program brings together government, industry, and nonprofit organizations to address diesel engine pollution in Michigan.  The objectives of the program 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.
  • Expanding awareness of the benefits of pollution prevention strategies that reduce diesel emissions.

Funding for Clean Diesel Projects
Requests for 2016 proposals has closed. Grant proposals are being evaluated and successful applications will be posted on the web site once the grantees are notified. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced the release of a Request for Proposal for the implementation of clean diesel projects. A total of $223,300 is available for projects that reduce diesel emissions through the early replacement of vehicles and equipment such as highway diesel vehicles, non-road diesel vehicles and equipment, busses, and drayage vehicles. 

Funding for this grant opportunity comes from a state allocation of the federal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) and the National Clean Diesel Campaign.

2015 Michigan Clean Diesel Grant Program Results:

Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV) has successfully completed the replacement of five old high-polluting trucks with five new clean diesel trucks that meet or exceed the current highest U.S. EPA emissions standards.  SDEV received $124,550 in federal funds from the 2015 Michigan Clean Diesel Grant Program and $506,821 in matching funds from its partners to complete this $628,594 project.

The project partners involved three private fleets, Causley Trucking, Foreman Brothers, and Gemini Transport, located in Wayne County and one non-profit fleet, Forgotten Harvest, located in Oakland County.  Collectively these new vehicles will decrease diesel emissions by over 6.5 tons annually and contribute to a total reduction of 105.7 tons of lifetime emissions.  These reductions will help to improve air quality and reduce exposure to diesel emissions in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, and Kent Counties.

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