Connecticut's Diesel Reduction Initiatives
Connecticut communities, especially those in urban areas, suffer from sooty exhaust emitted by trucks, buses and other diesel engines that can make breathing difficult - particularly for children, the elderly and other sensitive groups.
Reducing diesel emissions is a DEP priority and we continue to move forward with a multi-faceted reduction strategy that includes mobile and stationary source applications because:
- Diesel exhaust is a significant contributor to air pollution and has been classified as a probable human carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Diesel engines emit high levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM), and in addition, a complex mixture of gases many of which are known or suspected cancer causing agents. Diesel exhaust exacerbates asthma and causes inflammation of the airways.
- Emissions from diesel powered electricity generators used to meet peak energy demand usually occur on high ozone days.
- Diesel exhaust is an important contributor to airborne concentrations of fine particle pollution, especially in urban areas.
||Anti-Idling Efforts -Anti-idling programs provide a cost effective mechanism to improve air quality and reduce risk exposure from the potential health impacts of vehicle exhaust. |
||Diesel Retrofits - Diesel retrofit technologies reduce air pollution from existing diesel equipment. Retrofit efforts have focused on school buses, transit buses, construction equipment and trucks. |
||Truck-stop Electrification - Truck drivers typically idle their diesel engines to provide air-conditioning or heat to keep the engine and fuel warm in cold weather. Stationary idle-reduction projects involve switching idling heavy duty diesel trucks to electricity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution. |
Content Last Updated on August 15, 2011