NJDEP’s Diesel Risk Reduction Program oversees and helps manage over $10 million in voluntary demonstration projects to reduce diesel emissions using retrofit technologies such as diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs), diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and idle reduction technologies. These technologies are being implemented across all diesel sectors including on-road vehicles, off-road construction vehicles, locomotives, and port-related equipment such as cranes and yard hostlers. NJDEP does not have a dedicated source of funding for these projects but does receive grants and settlement funds periodically. Projects funded must comply with applicable public bidding regulations. If you have a project that you think should receive consideration for future funding, please complete the and return to StopTheSoot@dep.state.nj.us .
NJ Transit Idle Reduction Project in Raritan Borough, NJ
In response to complaints from residents of the Borough of Raritan about noise and odors from idling locomotives at the NJ Transit’s Raritan rail yard, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), with the cooperation of NJ Transit, identified ways to reduce diesel exhaust emissions from the rail yard. NJDEP completed a theoretical assessment or “modeling” of potential health risks to nearby residents from idling locomotives. At the same time, NJ Transit implemented an Idling Minimization Program, under which locomotives are shut off approximately 1 hour after returning to the yard for the evening, or when laying over in the yard for more than 1 hour, when ambient temperatures are above 0 degrees Fahrenheit. This effort was completed in 2008 and the Idling Minimization Program remains in effect.
While the best way to keep our air clean is to shut off diesel engines when vehicles are not in motion, there are clean-diesel technologies that can be installed on trucks, buses, school buses and off road construction equipment such as bulldozers, backhoes, etc. Most of these technologies provide an alternate source of power, allowing engines to be turned off and producing savings in fuel and maintenance. The Department of Environmental Protection makes no claims as to the effectiveness or operation of these products. This listing is for informational purposes only.