Diesel Technology Forum Hopes Bipartisan Congressional Effort Will Restore Funding For Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)



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Bipartisan Clean Air Program on Chopping Block In President Obama's

New Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One of the

nation's most proven, cost-effective and successful clean air programs

- the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act - is proposed for zero funding in

the Obama Administration's new 2015 budget proposal, according to

Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

"Zeroing out the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) seems

counterintuitive and at odds with the EPA's transportation and clean

air priorities for 2014," Schaeffer said. "EPA has indicated one of

their priorities this year is addressing problems around ports and

surrounding communities, and we know that a number of DERA grant

awards for port-related programs are scheduled for later this spring

at the EPA Ports Summit in Baltimore.

"In the last budget cycle, Congress rebuffed the Administration and

restored $13 million for this the FY 2014 DERA program, and a broad

coalition of environmental, public health and industry groups is

already on record and working with Congress on this FY 2015 budget.

DERA Has Provided a 13-to-1 Cost-Benefit Ratio in Health &

Environmental Benefits

"DERA has a proven track record of reducing emissions and improving

air quality in all 50 states. Unlike other Administration funding

programs such as the now defunct alternative energy programs, DERA

delivers a $13:1 return on investment, according to EPA. Often the

return is even higher when considering matching funds at a rate of

2-or-3 to 1 that further enhance the investments.

"DERA's effectiveness has never been questioned. DERA has been a true

environmental success story.

"We are hopeful that the bipartisan support DERA has received in both

the U.S. Senate and House will initiate action in Congress to save the

program."

The Administration's 2015 budget proposal would reduce DERA funding

from the $13 million contained in the Continuing Resolution in FY 2014

to zero in 2015. The landmark DERA grant program was originally

authorized as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to fund upgrades

and modernize the oldest, higher-emitting diesel engines,

complementing the stringent emissions standards EPA set for new diesel

engines beginning in 2007. The program has evolved to also include

deployment of many fuel-saving technologies as well.

"Having just tightened the particulate matter standards and being less

than a year away from court-ordered action on ozone standards, state

clean air agencies rely on these kinds of funds and projects to

deliver measureable emissions reductions in their communities,"

Schaeffer said.

(View this press release online here.)

ABOUT THE DIESEL TECHNOLOGY FORUM The Diesel Technology Forum is a

non-profit national organization dedicated to raising awareness about

the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology, and working

with policymakers and other stakeholders on common solutions. Forum

members are leaders in clean diesel technology. For more information

visit www.dieselforum.org .

For the latest insights and information from the leaders in clean

diesel technology, join us on Facebook , follow us on Twitter

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SOURCE Diesel Technology Forum

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