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Transportation Group Opposes De-Funding Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

September 06, 2017

Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) has introduced an amendment that would defund the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. Photo: Office of Rep. Gary Palmer
Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) has introduced an amendment that would defund the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. Photo: Office of Rep. Gary Palmer

A large group representing manufacturers, transportation associations, and clean air and health advocates sent a letter to the House of Representatives opposing a proposed amendment to the House Interior-EPA appropriations bill that would remove all funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act.

DERA provides incentives such as grants and rebates for equipment and vehicle owners to retrofit existing heavy-duty diesel vehicles and engines or replace them altogether as a means of reducing emissions. EPA estimates that the program has upgraded nearly 73,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment since 2005.

In a letter to Congress, the group urged members to oppose the amendment by Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL), which would strike all funding for the program. DERA is currently up for reauthorization, and a bipartisan bill from Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) would reauthorize the program through fiscal year 2022 with no changes to the program.

The group argues that DERA been one of the most cost-effective federal clean air programs and helps to improve air quality at schools, construction sites, highways, rail yards, and ports. The bipartisan program passed the Senate by a 92-1 vote and by unanimous consent twice since then and by voice vote in the House in 2010. It receives funding from required non-federal matching funds for projects seeking funding.

It is estimated that every $1 in federal assistance is met with $3 in non-federal matching funds, including investments from the private sector.

“The DERA program is still needed to help speed adoption of highly cost-effective emission control technologies for the millions of diesel vehicles which do not meet the most recent emission control standards," the group stated in its letter.

The letter was signed by the following companies and associations:

Advance Engine Systems Institute • Alabama State Port Authority • American Association of Port Authorities • American Association of Railroads • American Highway Users Alliance • American Lung Association • American Power Group • American Trucking Associations • Associated General Contractors • Baltimore City Public Schools • Caterpillar Inc. • Clean Air Task Force • Connecticut Operators of School Transportation Association • Corning Incorporated • Cummins Inc. • Diesel Technology Forum • EDF Action • Emission Control Technology Association • IC Bus • Indiana State School Bus Drivers Association • Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association • Minnesota School Bus Operators Association • NAFA Fleet Management Association • National Association of Clean Air Agencies • National Association for Pupil Transportation • National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services • National School Transportation Association • Natural Resources Defense Council • New York School Bus Contractors Association • Pennsylvania School Bus Association • Port of Portland • Port of Seattle • Port of Vancouver, USA • School Transportation Association of Massachusetts • South Coast Air Quality Management District • State of Delaware, Department of Education • The Northwest Seaport Alliance • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey • Thomas Built Buses • Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association • Umicore Autocat Inc. • United Motorcoach Association • Volvo Group • Wisconsin School Bus Association


  1. 1. jOEDIRTYSHIRT [ September 07, 2017 @ 04:26AM ]

    Just imagine a world were people do good to do good, well story stops there, look who's hand is in jar, it is not clean air they are after it is cash flow and clean cash is the root of all kinds of good will, no offence guys but there are stings wrapped around strings and there are much more economical ways to clean air, someone should study how many dollars it takes to reduce emissions like how many ppm a dollar can get per mile or maybe dollar, parts per million {dppm } As you can read no warm fuzzes from me

  2. 2. David [ September 08, 2017 @ 04:33AM ]

    I guess they are not going to bring up the flawed emission diesel engines that put so many truckers out of business.

  3. 3. Jeff Pearson [ September 08, 2017 @ 08:47AM ]

    Funny how no one trucking company is listed on this.why? Because this crud does not work.if your truck is in the shop more than its going down the road because these sensors are going out or think they are going out where you get yellow or red warning lights or these particulate traps are making back preasure so the engine cant properly function then how are we going to move freight?funny how these new engines you burn more fuel, get less performance and everybody thinks OH how wonderful while over the last 10 years the price of a new truck has more than doubled in price.funny how most dont want to own one so they got their old reliable engine and put it in a glider kit then the government started to put a big squeeze on that one.well wont you look sweet driving that horse drawn cart down the street moving that freight when trucks are no longer but thats what 99% of these organizations that signed on this want.funny how there is a driver shortage..funny how nobody really wants to own a post 2007 engine.funny how Caterpillar just gave up making truck engines.And really funny one. Im one of those that owned a truck and I am one that drove a truck with well over 40 years and I wont own one of these new so called clean engines. Because I dont want to go broke.
    Now lets talk about eurea. you know that ammonia based liquid that goes in these new engines.funny thing in the 90s these environmental groups made things like refrigeration that used ammonia be junked because it burned up the OZONE..and now you have to burn it.Sad thing you go where there is a long pull like a big mountain pass where that truck is slow and that engine is working hard notice all of the trees and other plant life along that road? Many of those plants are in extream distress from that eurea and what about that OZONE?but guess we cant talk about that one..

  4. 4. Mark Higdon [ September 08, 2017 @ 10:58AM ]

    Got to say to Jeff, DEF doesn't get burned like gas or oil, and a diesel using DEF to clean NOx from it's exhaust stream does not release Ammonia - it uses a very specific solution of urea and water to cause a chemical change to occur as the exhaust is passing by, so that the Nitrogen Oxide, combining with the DEF, is converted to Nitrogen and Water, which is not noxious - it's a large portion of the air we breathe. NOx, on the other hand, is one of the man-made gases linked to acid rain, is a heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, and not something you want to breathe if you want a long life. Since this conversion is done after the power of the diesel fuel has been used, this exhaust treatment process allows engine makers to design their product for even more torque and HP than ever. Ford's 6.7L Powerstroke makes 440HP, 860lb-ft of torque, and today a F350, Crewcab 4x4 DRW can tow a fifth-wheel up to 27,300lbs - back before diesels in this class had to meet emission stds, the 7.3L TurboDiesel in this same model truck was limited to 12,600lbs, and the soot coming out the back was smelly, sticky and really bad for your lungs. I think we are moving in the right direction.


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