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President Obama to consider emissions reduction reauthorization measure


Yesterday, the House approved a measure that would reauthorize the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) and sent the legislation to President Obama for his signature.

The Senate unanimously approved the measure on Dec. 16. The president is expected to sign the reauthorization measure into law, Diesel Technology Forum officials said in a prepared statement.

The legislation would reauthorize a voluntary program established in 2005 another five years. The program is designed to help reduce emissions by providing government grants and loans to cover the cost of modernizing older diesel engines and equipment, including those used in locomotives, trucks and buses.

“In its first five years, DERA has proven to be one of the nation’s most successful clean air programs,” said Diesel Technology Forum Executive Director Allen Schaeffer. “DERA has provided an average of $20 worth of environmental and health benefits for every $1 spent.”

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