Friday, April 23, 2010

Helm offers Tier 0+ emissions compliance kit

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Helm Environmental Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of Helm FinancialCorp., on Friday announced its new EPA Tier 0+ compliant remanufacturing kit, 645EcoLogic, for the EMD 645E Roots Blown engine family.


The 645EcoLogic kit enables reuse of the existing locomotive engine by remanufacturing it to comply with EPA standards. Remanufacturing with the 645EcoLogic kit provides locomotive owners and operators a cost-effective solution to meet the regulations through its use of standard parts and components. The 645EcoLogic kit achieves the required emissions reductions with no fuel consumption penalty, Helm officials say.

Developed jointly by Helm Environmental Solutions and OceanAir Environmental, LLC, the kit has been officially certified by the Environmental Protection Agency to Tier 0+ Switch Locomotive Emission Limits. The kit represents a cost-effective alternative to OEM offerings and gives the rail industry more choice when selecting a 645E remanufacturing solution to meet Tier 0+ emissions standards, Helm says.

“With the United States Environmental Protection Agency establishing timelines for compliance with emissions levels for locomotives,the industry is in need of solutions to meet these regulations. The 645EcoLogic kit has been certified by the EPA to do just that,” said Brad Wind, executive vice president for Helm Financial Corp.

The EPA rules, published in May 2008, require locomotive owners and operators to comply with more stringent emissions standards on all remanufactured locomotives no later than January 1, 2010.  According to EPA emissions regulations expert Mahesh Talwar, president and CEO of OceanAir Environmental, “The new rules effectively require any engine overhaul that takes place on or after January 1, 2010 to comply with the EPA standards defined in the Federal Regulations Title 40 Part 1033.”

More information about the645EcoLogic kit is available at

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