U.S. Senate Introduces Diesel Emissions Reauthorization Bill
DERA Would Reauthorize Emissions Reduction Measures Through 2021
The U.S. Senate has just introduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) through 2021. The act was originally scheduled to expire in 2016. Since 2005, when Congress originally passed DERA, owners of older trucks have been offered incentives to retrofit their trucks and power equipment with newer emissions control equipment, or outright replace their engines with newer, cleaner ones. Between 2008 and 2013, funding from DERA has retrofitted or replaced 73,000 vehicles and equipment, reduced particulate emissions by an estimated 14,700 tons, saved 450 million gallons of fuel, and generated a claimed $13 billion in environmental benefits.
According to a report published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there is still a need for further reduction in diesel emissions, with more than 10 million older diesel engines still in operation, and 1 million expected to still be in operation by 2030.
The program provides $1 in federal assistance to attract $3 in non-federal matching funds to help owners of older diesel vehicles and equipment to retrofit, replace, or repower with newer, clean diesel technology. The need for the program’s reauthorization is underlined by the fact that current applications exceed available funding by a 35-to-1 ratio.
Source: U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works