Missouri seeks truckers to participate in retrofitting pilot program

| 3/27/2008

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Grace Hill Clean Air Program are looking for truckers from the St. Louis area that are interested in participating in a retrofitting pilot program aimed at reducing diesel emissions.

Truckers interested in participating in the pilot program can find out more information at the St. Louis Diesel Retrofit Workshop and Expo, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, at the Anheuser-Busch Visitor Center in St. Louis.

The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in finding out more information about air quality issues, according to Rebecca Birke, public information officer for the state’s Air Resources Board.

“If you have one truck or no trucks, you can still attend the workshop,” Birke told Land Line on Wednesday, March 26.

The Missouri DNR received a grant for $55,000 from the Central States Air Resources Agency and Blue Skyways Collaborative to fund the pilot program.

A portion of the grant will be used to retrofit five trucks, from a one-truck operation to one that is part of a company fleet. Birke said the trucks selected for the pilot program will be equipped with SmartWay diesel retrofit equipment.

“We are looking for a pretty broad range to participate in the pilot project,” Birke said. “The more people we can show that are interested in emissions, the more we can use those numbers to encourage the EPA to continue funding these issues. This would be another feather for that nest of getting more funding to study this issue.”

Click here to find out more information to register for the free workshop.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer