RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation is taking steps to make its passenger trains more environmentally friendly. In upcoming months the NCDOT Rail Division will work with North Carolina State University's NCSU's Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project and the N.C. Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant Program to reduce the environmental footprint of N.C. Department of Transportation trains.
N.C. State University's Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project and North Carolina's Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant will allow the N.C. Department of Transportation to equip one of its F59PH locomotives with a "Selective Catalytic Reduction Aftertreatment System." This system should improve the locomotive's emissions rating from "Tier Zero Plus" to a "Tier Three" rating. The "Selective Catalytic Reduction Aftertreatment System" is designed to significantly reduce particulate matter found in diesel engine exhausts.
The N.C. Emissions Reduction Grant Program is an EPA grant that is administered by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Air Quality. The grant provides incentive funding for projects that are designed to reduce diesel emissions.
The Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project is administered by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center and is focused on the reduction of transportation related emissions in NC counties that do not meet national air quality standards.
If the Selective Catalytic Reduction system installation proves successful, the N.C. Department of Transportation will seek additional funding to upgrade all of its locomotives with this promising system.