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Federal budget bill includes $60 million in funding for Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

from EPA

Thanks to the work of a uniquely broad coalition spearheaded by the school transportation industry, the latest omnibus Federal budget bill includes $60 Million in Funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). DERA, which is up for reauthorization and has therefore been in jeopardy of losing financial support, provides grants and rebates to incentivize equipment and vehicle owners to install retrofit technologies on existing heavy-duty diesel vehicles and engines, or replace engines and equipment. The program helps to improve air quality at the nation's schools, construction sites, highways, rail yards and ports. The program is voluntary and has adopted many cost saving administrative practices, such as the inclusion of a rebate program applicable to school buses and construction equipment that speeds the delivery of program funds with a minimum amount of red tape. EPA's most recent estimates indicate that the program, has thus far upgraded nearly 73,000 vehicles or pieces of equipment, and saved over 450 million gallons of fuel. more

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