Reducing Diesel Emissions: What Vermont is Doing

Reducing public exposure to emissions from diesel-powered engines and equipment is one of the greatest air quality challenges facing the country. Even with more stringent engine standards in place for heavy-duty highway and nonroad vehicles and equipment, millions of diesel engines already in use will continue to emit large amounts of particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxides (NOx), air toxics and greenhouse gases, which contribute to serious risks to public health and the environment. Each year, diesel emissions are linked to thousands of premature deaths, hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks, millions of lost work days, and numerous other health and environmental impacts.

Accordingly, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has developed the Vermont Clean Diesel Grant Program to help improve air quality and protect public health. 

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Recent Vermont Clean Diesel Grant Awards

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Air Quality & Climate Division provides technical assistance and funding for projects to reduce emissions from diesel powered vehicles and equipment. 

  • A grant of up to $6,575 was awarded to the Burlington School District in May 2017 for the early replacement of an older, dirtier non-road tractor.  This project is underway and is expected to be completed in August 2017.
  • A grant of up to $40,691 was awarded to the City of Barre in April 2017 for the early replacement of an older, dirtier Class 8, heavy-duty vacuum truck.  This project is underway and is expected to be completed in November 2017.
  • A grant of 37,500 was awarded to Josh Gervais Trucking in April 2017 for the early replacement of an older, dirtier Class 8, heavy-duty truck.  This project was successfully completed in May 2017.
  • A grant of $37,500 was awarded to The Belden Company, Inc. in March 2017 for the early replacement of an older, dirtier Class 8, heavy-duty dump truck.  This project was successfully completed in June 2017.
  • A grant of up to $32,230 was awarded to General Transportation, Inc. in March 2017 for the early replacement of an older, dirtier Class 8, heavy-duty truck.  This project was successfully completed in July 2017.
  • A grant of $41,894 was awarded to GW Tatro Construction, Inc. in April 2016 for the early replacement of an older, dirtier Class 8, heavy-duty dump truck. This project was successfully completed in July 2016.
  • A grant of up to $5,151 was awarded to the Casella Waste Management, Inc. in February 2016. The project, which includes the purchase and installation of verified exhaust control technology, Diesel Oxidation Catalysts, on two (2) refuse haulers to reduce diesel emissions and health impacts associated with diesel exhaust was successfully completed in August 2016.
  • A grant of $49,556 was awarded to GW Tatro Construction, Inc. in February 2016 for the early replacement of an older, dirtier Class 8, heavy-duty dump truck. This project was successfully completed in May 2016.
  • A grant of up to $29,046 was awarded to the Casella Waste Management, Inc. in February 2016. The project, which includes the purchase and installation of verified exhaust control technology, Diesel Oxidation Catalysts, on 11 refuse haulers to reduce diesel emissions and health impacts associated with diesel exhaust was successfully completed in August 2016.
  • A grant of $12,947 was awarded to New England Central Railroad in October 2015 for installation of locomotive idle reduction technology. This project was successfully completed in January 2016.
  • A grant of $21,621 was awarded to the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union in June 2015 for the early replacement of an older, dirtier school bus. This project was successfully completed in August 2015.
  • A grant of $55,702 was awarded to Vermont Railway, Inc. in March 2014 for installation of locomotive idle reduction technology. This project was successfully completed in July 2014.
  • A grant of $32,000 was awarded to Rutland Regional Medical Center in July 2013 for installation of emergency vehicle idle reduction technology. This project was successfully completed in December 2013. 
  • A grant of $67,500 was awarded to Vermont Railway, Inc. in July, 2013 for installation of locomotive idle reduction technology. This project was successfully completed in December 2013.

To learn more about the grant opportunities available, the projects discussed above, or future projects, please contact Deirdra Ritzer of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Air Quality & Climate Division at (802) 233-8052, or via e-mail at deirdra.ritzer@vermont.gov.

More Diesel Emissions-Related Resources

Current Vermont Laws and Regulations

Vermont has several laws to reduce emissions from gas and diesel vehicles. They are:

  • Motor Vehicle Idling Law. Act 57 was signed into law in May 2013 and includes a provision that, effective May 1, 2014, will limit all motor vehicle idling to five minutes in any 60 minute period with some exceptions. 
  • School Bus Idling Rule on School Property. School buses shall not idle while picking up and dropping off children on school property. 
  • Unattended Motor Vehicle Law. This law was passed in 1973 to discourage vehicle theft, but also requires drivers to turn off their engine when parking while vehicle is not occupied. 
  • Smoky Truck Law. A commercial vehicle may be stopped and an inspection performed if it appears vehicle exhaust exceeds standard. 
  • Burlington's Idling Ordinance. With few exceptions, no person shall leave a vehicle idling for more than three minutes. 

Diesel Pollution and Health Effects

Diesel Pollution and Health Effects: According to a report issued in 2012 by the World Health Organization's International Agency on Research for Cancer, diesel exhaust causes cancer in humans. Dozens of studies link airborne particulate matter, such as those from diesel exhaust, to increased hospitalizations due to asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease and pneumonia. For more information, click on the links below: