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1 Southeast Diesel Collaborative Carol L. Kemker, Deputy Director Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division

2 Air Quality in Region 4  Air quality concerns 62 Counties in non-attainment for 8-hr ozone, population ~16 million people 47 Counties not attaining PM2.5 standard, population ~8 million people  Health concerns Premature death Diesel exhaust a possible human carcinogen Other respiratory system effects

3 Diesel in the Southeast

4 Diesel Success in Region 4  Region 4 diesel programs include:  Retrofits  Idle reduction  Alternative fuels  Outreach

5 Diesel Projects in Region 4

6 Region 4 Clean School Bus  One of the first school bus retrofit programs in the country  $1.45M: ten projects totaling almost 2000 school bus retrofits  Georgia leveraged CSB-USA funds for other ULSD efforts  North Carolina and Tampa, FL have their own programs

7 Truck Stop Electrification  7 truck stops equipped with TSE technology  Interstates 40 and 85 are national idle free corridors  30+ SmartWay partners  Future sites in TN, GA and FL

8 Biodiesel in Region 4  Coordinating with DOE and SEATF  Available in all Region 4 states  Municipal and state fleets: NCDOT, Knox County, etc.  Airports: Ft. Lauderdale, currently; Orlando, Miami coming soon  Corporate fleets: Georgia Power, Knoxville Utilities, etc.


10 Where to go from here?

11 Building on Success 2004 Mobile Source PM2.5 Emissions, by Sector

12 National Clean Diesel Campaign  Consolidating diesel clean-up efforts in order to protect health and allow nonattainment areas to meet the NAAQS  Two components: Regulations for new engines Voluntary programs for existing engines  Five sectors: School buses, Ports, Construction, Freight and Agriculture

13 Sector-Based Approach  Identify sector-specific incentives at federal, state and local levels  Build broad-based regional collaboratives  For more information see:

14 Southeast Diesel Collaborative  Coordinated effort to address the impacts of diesel in the Southeast  Leverage resources to maximize benefits  Limit duplication of effort  Pool intellectual capital

15 Collaborative Partners  Government Federal, State and local air quality, transportation, energy and agriculture agencies  Industry representatives  Non-governmental organizations (e.g., environmental organizations, community groups, academia, etc.)

16 Potential Target Sectors  Construction  Agriculture  On-road—build on past successes

17 Construction  State and municipal fleet retrofits and alternative fuels usage  Pilot projects  Contract language  Engage private sector in discussions Sector Goal: Secure funding to establish retrofit projects, work with DOTs to create contract provision language

18 Agriculture  Potential to create closed-loop biofuel crop industry Increase availability of diesel Can replace less profitable crops Improves farmers’ bottom line, biodiesel better for public health  SmartWay Transport Partnership  Retrofits Sector Goal: Create partnerships, develop sector strategy and pilot retrofit and other clean diesel projects

19 Potential Funding Sources  Federal: EPA (Clean School Bus, General Retrofit), DoE (Clean Cities) and DOT (CMAQ)  State  SEPs: Settlements at federal and state levels  Local funding (Tampa, FL)  Corporate Sponsorship  Creative financing

20 Next Steps  Near Term Outreach to potential partners Sign Collaborative Partnership commitments Convene Collaborative partners meeting Solicit funding from within EPA for pilot projects Develop specific project ideas milestones  Long Term Implement collaborative plan to reduce diesel emissions Increase availability of clean fuel

21 In Conclusion  There is interest!  There is commitment!  Need to reduce diesel emissions to protect human health!  Need to increase renewable energy!  The Southeast is in a good position to achieve results!

22 Calling interested partners to join the SOUTHEAST DIESEL COLLABORATIVE!

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