Emissions Reduction Act passed by the House
The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)
just needs President Obama’s signature for the bipartisan legislation
to be reauthorized for five more years as the House of Representatives
approved DERA by a voice vote.
The Senate had unanimously approved the legislation
in December. President Obama is expected to sign the reauthorization
DERA (H.R. 5809) is a five-year reauthorization
of the highly-successful program created in 2005 to establish
voluntary national and state-level grant and loan programs to
reduce diesel emissions by upgrading and modernizing older diesel
engines and equipment. The bipartisan legislation was introduced
on November 18th by Senators George Voinovich (R-OH) and Tom
Carper (D-DE) and cosponsored by several of their colleagues
including Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara
Boxer (D-CA) and Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK).