The Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) has announced that it is awarding $30 million for clean diesel projects.
The funding for the Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) and State Clean Diesel Grant Program are designed to replace, retrofit or repower older diesel-powered engines like marine vessels, locomotives, trucks and buses.
Of course, the announcement is being well-received from diesel companies, like the Diesel Technology Forum. The group says it is another important step in reducing emissions.
“We are pleased EPA is supporting clean diesel projects with this important funding,” said Allen Schaeffer , executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “DERA has been one of the most bipartisan and successful clean air programs in the past decade.”
DERA is reportedly one of the few environmental programs that has strong support from both Republican and Democrats in Washington and state capitals throughout the nation.
“DERA’s effectiveness has never been questioned,” Schaeffer said. “The bipartisan Diesel Emissions Reduction Act has allowed communities in all 50 states to upgrade older diesel school and transit buses, commercial trucks, locomotives and other equipment with modern and cleaner diesel engines and air filters.
Supporters of DERA say the reason why it is widely supported is because it is extremely cost effective. The Diesel Technology Forum says that the EPA has found that $1 in government investment returns $13 worth of health and environmental benefits to the American people.
DERA was enacted in 2005. So far, the EPA has awarded more than 500 grants nationwide.