A Senate panel was told on Thursday that federal funding for a highly-successful clean air program needs to be restored in order to continue the important environmental gains achieved during the first five years of the act.
Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, testified in support of funding restoration for the bipartisan Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) during a hearing entitled ‘Federal Efforts to Improve Public Health by Reducing Diesel Emissions’ conducted by the Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety.
Schaeffer said that while new clean diesel technology has reduced diesel emissions to near zero for newer engines and equipment, proven programs like DERA are vital for national efforts to upgrade and modernize the older diesel engines.
These last 10 years have been called the decade of clean diesel: a system of cleaner engines, low-sulfur fuels, and advanced emissions control technologies ultimately deployed for all ranges and types of diesel powered vehicles, equipment and machines, Schaeffer said.
According to Schaeffer, every dollar invested in diesel retrofits and replacements yields at least $13 in environmental and public health benefits.
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