When Asheville, NC hosted the Clean Diesel, Clean Air Conference put on by the Diesel Technology Forum, the organizers couldn't have picked a better location. Asheville and Buncombe County have become models for their use of diesel retrofit technology. Thanks in part to donated technology from Diesel Technology Forum, Asheville has adopted clean diesel technology for its Public Transit System and Buncombe County is using diesel retrofit technology for its landfill operation.
Congressman for the district, Charles Taylor, praised the city and county. "The city of Asheville and Buncombe County are true environmental success stories," says Taylor. "Clean diesel retrofit technologies represent one of the most cost-effective, clean air solutions available for federal funding, and these localities should serve as a microcosm for a broader national program."
Caterpillar, Inc. donated 16 diesel oxidation catalysts to be installed on 16 of Asheville's public transportation buses and two catalyzed converter mufflers for two D6 Track Type Tractors belonging to the Buncombe County landfill. Together, these donations will reduce key emissions by 26.1 tons per year.