Truck traffic and equipment operation in and around wholesale markets, warehouses and distribution centers across Massachusetts exposes workers at these facilities and neighbors to diesel emissions. The Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is offering grants to owners of diesel-powered trucks and equipment servicing and operating at these facilities to buy and install three types of emission reducing technologies:
- Auxiliary Power Units (APUs). These small diesel engines are installed on long-haul Class 8 trucks to provide cooling, heating and electricity so a truck's main engine can be shut down rather than idle when parked for extended periods.
- Electric Transportation Refrigeration Units (eTRUs). These units are powered by land-based electrical infrastructure rather than diesel engines.
- Retrofit Devices. A variety of equipment can be installed in place of, or in-line with, a diesel engine's existing muffler to reduce emissions.
Note: Continuation of this program is contingent on federal fiscal year 2014 funding.
- Diesel Pollution in Massachusetts
- Health & Environmental Effects of Diesel Pollution
- Diesel Technology Forum
- Northeast Diesel Collaborative
Flickr Photos of Available Technologies
Visit the MassDEP Flickr Photostream for larger photos and descriptions of auxiliary power units (APUs), electric transportation refrigeration units (eTRUs) and diesel retrofit devices, all of which are available through the MassCleanDiesel Clean Markets Grant Program.