Release 00-27
November 16, 2000
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 Changes Approved for Moyer Clean Air Program

SACRAMENTO –  The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board (ARB) today approved changes to strengthen a highly successful incentive program that has already removed hundreds of tons of pollutants from the state’s air.

       “ Changes approved today for the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program make the program even more effective in reducing smog-forming oxides of nitrogen and toxic particulate matter from diesel engines,” said Dr. Alan Lloyd, ARB Chairman.

        The Moyer Program reduces oxides of nitrogen (NOx), which contribute to ozone, one of the most health-damaging components of smog. A secondary benefit of the program has been particulate matter (PM) reductions, since some of the same strategies that reduce NOx also reduce PM.  The program’s emission reductions are made by funding the cost of cutting diesel engine NOx emissions below the levels called for by current standards or regulations.   The state’s local air pollution control districts (APCDs) administer grants from the program with funds provided by the ARB.

       The 18 program changes reviewed today were recommended by the 13-member Carl Moyer Program Advisory Board and ARB staff. Major changes include:

       Under Moyer Program rules, a company may be able to buy a new truck, which meets the state’s minimum NOx emission standards, for $100,000, or buy a truck that beats the minimum NOx standards by 25 percent to 30 percent for $125,000.  Funding through the Moyer Program would pay the additional $25,000 for the cleaner truck.  This framework is also used to determine other Moyer Program grants, including those for off-road and other equipment, large marine vessels, locomotives, forklifts, and airport ground support equipment.

       Since its inception in 1998, the Moyer Program has been an overwhelming success.  ARB distributed $24.5 million to 16 local air district during the program’s first year.  In 1999 Governor Davis and the Legislature approved an additional $23 million, and $50 million was approved for the 2000/2001 fiscal year.

       During its first year, the program reduced NOx emissions by about 4 tons per day and PM emissions by about 100 pounds per day.

       Demand for Moyer grants has been high—far in excess of available funding.  In the program’s first year, air districts received more than $80 million in grant applications from public and private sector applicants, more than three times the available funding.

       Projects funded to date include: purchase of new natural gas transit and school buses; purchase of new natural gas and dual-fuel trucks; purchase of electric (rather than internal combustion) forklifts; and replacement of old diesel engines in marine vessels, agricultural pumps, and other off-road equipment with new cleaner diesel engines or cleaner rebuilt engines.

       During its first year, the Moyer Program also helped clean up hundreds of other diesel engines by funding:

       Also included in Moyer projects are purchase of 16 cleaner-burning natural gas buses to transport tourists at Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument (Hearst Castle) and converting the Napa Valley Wine Train from diesel to natural gas.

        The Moyer Advisory Board recently recommended funding of at least $100 million per year through 2010.  The program is named for the late Dr. Carl Moyer, who recommended incentives programs as a way to unite business, government and environmental groups in a common effort to reduce air pollution.

       The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency.  ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy.  The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.

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