Michigan State University is using a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to go green by reducing emissions from 14 of its diesel-fueled trucks and buses.
The $24,500 grant will be used to install what’s known as a diesel oxidation catalyst in 11 MSU trucks and three buses, all of which were manufactured prior to 2007. Separately, each unit costs about $1,750.
The diesel oxidation catalyst, which essentially takes the place of a vehicle’s muffler, utilizes a chemical process to break down pollutants from diesel engines in the exhaust, turning them into less-harmful components.
“This will offer a significant reduction in pollutants on the vehicles receiving this DOC technology,” said Brian Wolfe of MSU Transportation Services.
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