Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Huge coalition urges Congress to restore "clean diesel" grants

From E&E PM

More than 400 environmental, health and labor groups are urging Congress to restore grants for "clean diesel" projects cut by the Obama administration.

In letters to leaders on the House and Senate appropriations committees, the groups request $50 million for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program, which pays for pollution upgrades for large trucks...

In its proposed fiscal 2012 budget, the White House eliminated funding for the program in an effort to cut overall federal spending...

"Diesel-powered vehicles and equipment play an important role in the nation's economy and are getting cleaner every day," the letter states. "DERA was designed to reduce emissions from the 20 million existing diesel engines in use today by as much as 90 percent. The continued need for DERA has been proven."

Among the 444 groups and companies signing the letter are the American Lung Association, Clean Air Watch, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Diesel Technology Forum.

The letter was sent to House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Michael Simpson (R-Idaho) and ranking member James Moran (D-Va.) and to Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and ranking member Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

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