"Despite these devastating reductions, we're hopeful that the highly leveraged and competitive nature of this program will still allow meaningful projects to be undertaken," Schaeffer said. "In the past, every $1 dollar in government funding has been leveraged into $2 or $3 or more privately funded dollars. But make no mistake about it - the total environmental and economic benefits of the program will be diminished by this 70 percent reduction.
DERA's Effectiveness Has Never Been Questioned"
"DERA's effectiveness has never been questioned. 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 emissions filters.
"We challenge the Administration to identify any other program as effective as DERA, where
in government investment returns
worth of health and environmental benefits to the American people. This is a time to leverage and restore funding for this program to help meet national clean air goals.
"America has been operating under a successful two-phased program to achieve the cleanest diesel in the world. New clean diesel technology and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel have resulted in near zero diesel emission engines. EPA regulations have virtually eliminated emissions from new diesel trucks buses and off road engines and equipment – reducing particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by as much as 98 percent from 1988 levels.
"The second part of this effort included a fully-funded DERA program that provides assistance to owners of existing engines and equipment that still have productive value but would benefit from modernizing and upgrading."
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