What is DERA?

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program is a competitive funding assistance program through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce diesel emissions in transportation. Through this program, Metropolitan Energy Center has awarded funding to fleets to carry out major projects in the Kansas City metro and in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Program Beneficiaries

Four primary interstates run within Kansas City city limits (I-70, I-35, I-29, I-49), making Kansas City a major transportation hub in the U.S. The highways are key transportation routes for goods and freight, connecting the metro to other states, cities, and counties. Our metro gets more than our fair share of diesel emissions from these freight routes. The DERA program allows us to reduce diesel emissions not only along the routes, but at distribution centers and freight yards, which tend to be located where front-line communities live. This makes our long-running partnership with UPS a very good thing for metro residents.

  • UPS
    • Kansas City Metro UPS has truck yards in Johnson County in a commercial/industrial corridor next to I-35, and in Wyandotte which is one-half of a mile from the nearest residential area. UPS trucks clock in approximately 300-450 miles daily through Kansas from Lenexa (Johnson County) to Kansas City Kansas (Wyandotte County). UPS spends 50% of time is spent within those two counties, and the other 50% is spent on regional interstates and federal highways. Considering KCMO city’s geography this means that two-thirds of their time is spent in Jackson County, and a quarter in Clay county. A new distribution center at Logistics Park KC, the largest intermodal center in Kansas or Missouri. UPS uses both CNG and ULSD diesel at the first two locations, with average Class 8 fleet size of 75 in Lenexa and 50 in Kansas City, KS.
    • St. Louis, MO has four primary interstates (I-70, I-55, I-44 and I-64), tying St. Louis to Kansas City, Chicago, Tulsa and Louisville–and is America’s third-largest rail hub with six Class 1 lines. The UPS yard in Earth City, in western St. Louis County, hosts 80 Class 8 tractors and provides LNG fueling.
    • Springfield, MO is home to more than 460,000 residents, and links four major highways (I-44, US 65, US 13 and US 60), and four BNSF freight rail lines converge in Springfield. UPS operates 80 Class 8 tractors here using conventional ULSD diesel.
    • Joplin, MO is located in two counties on the western edge of Missouri, just northeast of the tri-state boundary of Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Its 210,000 residents are served by I-44 on its southern edge, and I-49 just a few miles east. Along with Carthage, Joplin is a major trucking center, with dozens of carriers. Tri-State deploys about 500 Class 8 trucks through Duenweg, east of Joplin.
    • Des Moines, IA is home to more than 645,000, located at the intersection of I-35, I-80, US-65 and US 69. A major trucking and freight center, Des Moines is also served by three Class 1 rail lines. UPS operates 75 Class 8 tractors here, fueling with ULSD.
    • McCook, NE is located at the intersection of the BNSF rail line and US-83, which connectsI-80 at North Platte with I-70 at Colby, KS. UPS in McCook runs ULSD to fuel its fleet of 40 trucks, though public fast-fill CNG is available 70 miles away in North Platte.
  • City of Kansas City, MO
  • IdleAir proposes Truck Stop Electrification (TSE) on one site on the northern edge of the metropolitan area (Cameron, MO) on I-35, and another one two hours south of Joplin, MO, along I-49/I-44. This connects Kansas City with Bentonville and Tulsa to the south, and Des Moines and Minneapolis to the north. The project locations are in proximity to major transport routes and generate large amounts of overnight truck traffic and idling of long-haul engines.
  • Tri-State
  • City of Dodge City, KS is a city of 27,000 inhabitants in western Kansas. It is located at the intersection of BNSF with US highways 50, 56, 283 and 400, connecting local meat and manufacturing industries with Garden City, I-70 and Wichita. The city runs 51 vehicles and pieces of off-road equipment, 20 of which are diesel.

Community Benefits

  • Protect human health in surrounding communities by achieving health-based-air-quality standards per Goal 1 of EPA’s Strategic Plan 2014-2018, Objective 1.2: Improve Air Quality.
  • Reduce high levels of NOx. For example NOx output in Green County, MO, is 17.6 tons a day, which is more than Newton County and Jasper County combined (16 tons per day).
  • Enhance environmental justice for front-line community members, who live in neighborhoods that disproportionately suffer from respiratory illnesses.
  • Decrease hospitalizations. For example in Polk County of Des Moines, IA, asthma hospitalization rates are more than 20% higher than the state as a whole, and the number of hospitalizations rose 24% between 2008 and 2014.