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April 11, 2018   |

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Clean Diesel Technologies Will Deliver Illinois the Most Clean Air for the VW Dollar

For the $108.7 available, Illinois stands to gain the most through large engine clean diesel upgrades

April 11, 2018 (SPRINGFIELD) – Illinois has an unprecedented opportunity to reduce emissions for communities across the state through investments in clean diesel technology. Through the Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust, Illinois is set to recieve $108.7 million specifically to reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx). 

"Investments in clean diesel technologies will deliver the most emission reductions to the priority regions identified in the draft plan presented by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency," said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. "Today's newest diesel engines for large equipment, like switcher locomotives, ferries and tugboats, will do the most to deliver significant benefits while maximizing cost-effective investments in emission reductions."

According to new analaysis by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Diesel Technology Forum, replacing just one tug boat with the latest clean diesel model removes 14.9 tons of NOx each year, costing only about $4,379 per ton of NOx eliminated. Similarly, upgrading a single switch locomotive with a new clean diesel engine removes 9.0 tons each year at a cost of about $15,201 per ton of NOx eliminated.

Repowering just 78 diesel tugboat engines with the $108.7 million in Illinois' VW settlement funds would yield 125 times the NOx reduction of that same investment in 123 electric buses. If all of Illinois' funds were invested in clean diesel technology, the state could:

 - Upgrade 78 of the oldest tugboats on the state's waterways with new clean diesel engines, removing nearly 2.25 MILLION pounds of NOX;
 - Update the engines on the 42 oldest switcher locomotives with the latest clean diesel technology, eliminating more than 750,000 pounds of NOx;
 - Repower 988 of the oldest trucks with new clean diesel engines, removing more than 1.25 MILLION pounds of NOx; or
 - Purchase 123 battery electric buses, reducing only about 20,000 pounds of NOx.

"The evidence is clear: Investing in the clean diesel option comes at a much lower pricetag, which means a greater number of older and higher emitting models can be replaced, in turn delivering many more benefits to communities across the state," said Schaeffer.  

Until April 20, IEPA is accepting public comment on its plan for Illinois' $108.7 million. Comments may be submitted via http://www.epa.illinois.gov/topics/air-quality/vw-settlement/index#publicInput

The Diesel Technology Forum's formal comments to Governor Rauner and the IEPA may be found here.

Visit https://www.dieselforum.org/vwfund for more information about best options for Volkswagen settlement funds in Illinois and other states, and https://www.dieselforum.org/illinois to learn more about clean diesel's role in Illinois' economy and infrastructure.

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About The Diesel Technology Forum

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