EPA Rule Powers Clean Tech Engine, Jobs in Ohio

from Wildlife Promise

CLEAN TECH BOOSTS JOBS, SAVES MONEY, CUTS POLLUTION, DRIVES PERFORMANCE

If you drive a big pick-up truck at work or when you hunt or fish, you know there are more choices when it comes to engine technology.  Recently, NWF joined industry-leader Dmax Co., union members and the BlueGreen Alliance in Moraine, Ohio to highlight the role the U.S. EPA’s heavy duty truck rule can play in driving better performance and increasing environmental benefits.  The centerpiece of the event was Dmax’s industry leading Duramax 6.6 liter V8 diesel engine, built by 416 hourly and 112 salaried southern Ohio workers at an ISO certified landfill-free facility.

TV reporter: “You don’t usually see manufacturers, the union, environmentalists sitting together singing Kumbaya?  How big is this deal?”

NWF: “It’s a hopeful opportunity.  It makes improvements to the environment as it transforms an industry at the base of our economy, spurring jobs.”

Environmentalists, sportsmen, and labor officials gather round the Duramax engine - built at 8:30am that very morning - and look at the technology that makes it a leader in performance, efficiency and pollution-control.

The award winning engine is built for the GMC Sierra and Silverado trucks, provides 397 horsepower and 765 lbs torque, making towing boats and recreational vehicles up and down mountains really easy and safe.  The Duramax engine also exceeds EPA requirements for eliminating particulates from tailpipe emissions.  An independent 3rd party rated the engine ‘best in class.’

HUNTERS & ANGLERS WANT CLEAN TECH & PERFORMANCE

“If I walked into the Dmax plant right now and asked who wanted to go hunting or fishing, I bet more than half the plant would walk out with me.  Stewardship is so important to people who hunt and fish – they want to improve the environment because they take advantage of it.  If you want a truck that works, that brings greater efficiency and cuts pollution,  it’s being built right here in Dayton.” – Marc Sommer, an Ohio sportsman

LESS OIL, LESS GLOBAL WARMING POLLUTION, SAVINGS FOR BUSINESS AND DRIVERS

Released in August 2011, the U.S. EPA heavy duty fuel efficiency standard nets oil savings of 530 million barrels, reduces carbon pollution by 270 million metric tons, and saves the public $42 billion.  For trucking businesses, the net savings average $3,000 for utility trucks, $6,000 for work pick-ups and up to $73,000 for long haul tractor-trailers.  Needless to say, the compounded savings to fleet owners are very significant.

Duramax 6.6 liter V8 engine is the star of the roundtable discussion, including the BlueGreen Alliance, National Wildlife Federation, Dmax Co., IUE-CWA Local 755, and Dayton City Commissioner Nan Whaley.

COLLABORATION FOR SUCCESS

Ultimately, by working together, the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), industry, labor and, yes, us in the environmental movement, we’ve delivered greater efficiency, greater performance, less pollution, more and better choices for consumers, more innovation yet to come, and more jobs here in Ohio and across the Midwest.

For more information, download NWF’s “Trucks that Work” report.