Diesel Fuel Pollution & Effects
Diesel Pollution in Massachusetts
Learn about the health and environmental effects of exhaust from diesel engines.
Diesel Particulate Matter Inventories
Health & Environmental Effects of Diesel Pollution
What MassDEP is Doing
- Massachusetts Vehicle Check
Massachusetts Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Program
All new passenger vehicles sold and registered in Massachusetts need to meet California emission standards.
MassCleanDiesel: Clean Markets Program Grants
Grants to help owners of diesel-powered trucks and equipment servicing and operating at wholesale markets, warehouses and distribution centers reduce emissions from their vehicles.
Reducing Air Emissions from Diesel Construction Engines
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) requires contractors working on projects financed by the State Revolving Fund (SRF) to install retrofit pollution controls in their construction equipment engines. This fact sheet discusses the SRF retrofit requirements.
School Bus Idling Reduction
MassDEP is working with school districts across Massachusetts to promote practical and effective actions for reducing our children's exposure to diesel pollutants.
Best Management Practices: Reducing Diesel Pollution at Schools
More About Diesel
Comparison of Diesel Fuel & Gasoline
Most of the 4.6 million cars, trucks, buses and SUVs registered in Massachusetts are powered by internal combustion engines that run on petroleum-based fossil fuels.
About Reformulated Gasoline (RFG)
The use of RFG has significantly reduced levels of smog and toxic air pollutants.
History of Diesel Fuel & Engines
German engineer Rudolph Diesel patented the diesel engine in 1892. Brewer Adolphus Busch became the first commercial builder of diesel engines in the United States.