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January 17, 2020   |

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Accelerating Clean Air Progress for Baltimore’s Near-Port Communities with Advanced Diesel Technology

Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore receives $1.8 Million EPA DERA grant

January 17, 2020 (BALTIMORE, MD) – Thanks to the replacement of older trucks and equipment with new cleaner models, Baltimore residents will see continued improvements in air quality near marine terminals.  On January 6, 2020, the Maryland Port Administration was awarded a $1.8 million grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to replace 44 older port trucks and several pieces of older cargo handling equipment.  These projects will eliminate 290 tons of emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), a smog forming compound, and 14 tons of fine particle emissions, according to the announcement from the Maryland Port Administration.

“We congratulate Governor Hogan and Secretary Grumbles for their continued leadership on clean air in Maryland in securing these awards, and to the Maryland Port Administration for its role in choosing to deliver the most clean air benefits possible through investments in new technology advanced diesel engines,” said Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.  “These benefits generated by replacing older vehicles and equipment, thanks to the grant from the EPA, works out to the same emissions as taking over 250,000 cars off the road for a year.”

 “The president, vice president, and board members of Turner Station Conservation Teams, representing our community,  wholeheartedly supports efforts by the Port agencies to reduce emissions,” said Larry Bannerman, a representative of the Turner Station Conservation Teams. “Back in 2017, we participated in a Diesel Roundtable to look at ways to reduce emissions and were pleased to find that the Port of Baltimore is using electronic measures to speed truck entry and avoid idling. Once again, we applaud the replacement of 44 older dray trucks to further reduce emissions!”  The Turner Station Conservation Teams represents local community residents located in neighborhoods near the Port of Baltimore.

“The U.S. Department of Transportation has identified the replacement of older and higher emitting trucks and equipment with new diesel models as one of the most cost effective strategies to reduce emissions.” said Schaeffer. “While other technologies and strategies exist to reduce emissions, in this application the port chose the most effective path to deliver the greatest benefits to the most residents, and the latest diesel technology will get the job done.”

“Modern emission controls and advanced engine designs have been developed to meet the most recent stringent tailpipe emissions established for commercial vehicles including port trucks.  These technologies developed to meet this standard for new trucks manufactured since model year 2010 have virtually eliminated NOx and fine particle emissions, reducing them by 98 percent since standards for trucks were first required in 1988.   Similar reductions in emissions have been achieved by diesel engines powering off-road material handling equipment since 2014.

“Today in the U.S. more than 43 percent of all registered operating diesel-powered commercial vehicles are of the newest generation of technology, up from 36 percent in 2018 as confirmed by the Diesel Technology Forum’s recent analysis of 2018 U.S. vehicles in operation data (GVW 3-8) provided by IHS Markit.  These near-zero emissions diesel trucks have eliminated 18 million tons of NOx emissions since they were first available in 2010.

“Tremendous progress has been made in virtually eliminating criteria emissions from today’s generation of diesel engines.  Consider that it would take more than 60 of today’s generation of diesel-powered heavy-duty commercial trucks to equal the emissions of a single U.S. model made in the pre-2000 era.

Modern diesel technologies of all kinds also deliver substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, while preserving their superior fuel efficiency and performance characteristics.

“The Maryland Port Administration should be recognized for their leadership in upgrading its port fleet to the latest generation of near-zero emissions diesel technology to deliver these substantial benefits.”

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About the Diesel Technology Forum

The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information, visit http://www.dieselforum.org.


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