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Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Announcement

August 20, 2010

With a goal to eliminate almost 200,000 tons of harmful diesel emissions and improve the air quality in the Pacific Northwest, we’re excited to announce our partnership with Tacoma-based trucking fleet Interstate Distributor Co. and Seattle’s Freight Wing Inc., a manufacturer of aerodynamic side “skirts” for tractor trailers.

DERA Truck completed

Using an $875,000 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this new partnership will enable Interstate to implement one of the trucking industry’s largest installations of aerodynamic trailer side skirts to date – using an innovative new product engineered by Freight Wing Inc. Interstate selected the Freight Wing “Aeroflex” product after a rigorous testing program that evaluated several emerging efficiency technologies verified by the EPA “Smartway” Transport initiative.

For this project, we predict up to a seven percent reduction of diesel fuel consumption and emissions for over 2,000 trailers in the Interstate fleet, resulting in estimated annual savings of 1.1 million gallons of diesel. Over the product life-span, this will result a total savings of approximately 16 million gallons of fuel, $45 million, and prevent 182,633 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, significantly improving the air quality in Puget Sound communities by minimizing the toxins found in diesel emissions that are associated with cancer, asthma, and other pulmonary and cardiovascular health issues.

Check out our DERA project page for the latest updates, numbers and other media about this exciting opportunity we have to improve the air quality in Puget Sound, the Pacific Northwest, and across the country.

Read PPRC’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grant press release.

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