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Working together for clean air

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									                                                   Working together for clean air




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                                                    Dave Kircher
                                                  Manager, Air Resources
                                                     Department
                                                    June 7, 2007
Presentation Overview

How we got started

Five year funding from the
WA Legislature

How we are implementing the
program

Next steps toward
sustainable funding
History of the Puget Sound Diesel Solutions
Program


 A local program developed in
 collaboration with EPA’s National
 Voluntary Retrofit Program
 Focused on introducing cleaner
 fuels and emission retrofits on
 diesel engines in the four central
 Puget Sound counties
 Began in early 2001, starting with
 EPA and local fleet funding
 Initial focus on transit fleets,
 school buses and other municipal
 vehicles
WA State Funding for School Buses


 Senate Bill 6072 passed in 2003.
 Our Agency and our lobbyist
 promoted this legislation
 Provides $25 million statewide over
 five years
 Initially focused on retrofitting school
 buses
 In 2005, House Bill 1397 amended
 program to allow the funds to be used
 for all public diesel equipment
 Program extended until 2020. Current
 funding expires 2008
 Additional State funding has been
 available from Governor’s Budget
Diesel Solutions Program Implementation




 School buses
 Transit fleets
 Municipal fleets
 Marine-related projects
 Rail
 Solid waste trucks
 Other
Diesel Solutions Program Implementation
(continued)


  A major implementation challenge has been timely
   installation of retrofits
  Agency worked with Ecology to develop a statewide
   contract (one contractor) and developed competitive
   contracts of our own for some individual projects.
  With half the school buses in the State, our Agency
   needed a better contracting tool
  For school buses, we developed a “master contract”
   with four installation firms. We issue work orders
   under this contract for specific projects.
Sustainable Funding

  Since state funding sunsets July 1, 2008, Agency and
   Ecology co-sponsored a Diesel Funding Task Force in
   the Summer of 2006
  Diverse representation
  Task force felt that up to $20 million annually was
   needed
  Considered a variety of revenue options including title
   transfer fees, motor vehicle excise tax, battery and/or
   tire tax, and a carbon/emission tax.
Sustainable Funding (continued)



  During the past legislative session, Agency and partners
   developed an “omnibus” clean air and clean fuels bill.
  Aimed at both climate and diesel emission reduction
  HB 1303 passed legislature without diesel funding since the
   lawmakers could not decide on a source of funding.
  Bill does enhance the diesel program... accelerated school bus
   replacement program, specifically addresses private fleets, gives
   Ports authority to provide retrofit grants to their tenants.
  We will be working on long term funding in 2008 session.
Conclusions, Next Steps



  Diesel Solutions has been a very successful
   voluntary/incentive program
  State funding has helped and has been leveraged with
   federal grants and partner contributions
  Sustainable funding like TERP and Carl Moyer are still
   necessary and will be pursued in 2008
  The Agency is also developing a diesel risk reduction
   strategy which will include criteria for project
   selection in anticipation of sustained funding
Thanks!

								
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