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US Senate proposes $1 billion in funding for diesel emissions reduction programs

20 June 2005

US Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio) and a bipartisan group of co-sponsors has introduced legislation to reduce emissions from existing diesel engines. The proposed Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2005 (DERA) would provide up to $200 million per year to state and local governments and nonprofit organizations across the country to reduce emissions from older diesel trucks, buses, and off-road equipment currently in use.

The DERA bill establishes national and state-level grant and loan programs to promote the reduction of diesel emissions. The legislation:

The initiative has been supported by a number of stakeholders—including the US Environmental Protection Agency, Diesel Technology Forum, Engine Manufacturers Association, individual engine manufacturers, and environmental organizations—who will be working to ensure the passage of the legislation in Congress.

Source: Senator Voinovich (press release)