Missouri Clean-Up MO Project
|Organization name:||Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)|
|Project manager:||Doug Norsby|
|Address:||600 Broadway, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64105-1659
The total budget for this project is $327,425. Of this amount, $255,125 is allocated by the Department of Natural Resources and $72,300 is a mandatory cost share that will be provided by the Lee’s Summit School District, and is included in this project.
September 1, 2011, through July 31, 2013
Through this project, 77 school buses will be retrofitted with fuel operated heaters (FOHs) and 73 of those buses will also be retrofitted with closed crankcase ventilation (CCV). In addition, one older school bus will be replaced early with a new school bus meeting 2010 EPA emission standards. The older bus will be rendered permanently disabled, maximizing the emission reductions of the project.
Subproject 1: School bus retrofits
Three school districts will install a combination of fuel operated heaters (FOHs) and closed crankcase ventilations systems (CCVs). FOHs allow engine coolant and the interior of the school buses to be heated without unnecessarily idling the buses. With the use of automated timers, these FOHs will enable the school districts to reduce fuel consumption, produce less emissions, decrease maintenance costs, and use driver and shop labor more efficiently. CCVs capture emissions from the engine crankcase, which are normally vented directly to the atmosphere, and reroutes them into the air intake on the engine. The FOHs will be purchased through contracts awarded under a recent competitive bid process conducted by the Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative. Only manufacturers and vendors with FOHs listed on the EPA verified Idle Reduction Technology list were allowed to bid for the contracts. CCVs installed as part of this project must be Donaldson Spiracles to comply with the EPA verified Idle Reduction Technology list which establishes their complementary status with existing Donaldson DOCs installed in a past retrofit project.
Subproject 2: School bus replacement
Lee’s Summit School District is purchasing a new school bus as an early replacement for a currently operating older bus with outdated emissions controls. The older school bus will be destroyed. Bids for the new bus were taken from manufacturers or vendors of school buses with EPA certified engines that meet 2010 EPA emission standards. The choice for the contract was made through a matrix of cost, options, quality, reliability and warranty information. A competitive bid process, which complies with the grant conditions, was recently conducted by Lee’s Summit School District. The district has received approval to issue a purchase order for the replacement bus.