Source: Diesel Technology Forum

On Dec. 21, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) legislation that will extend the highly-successful clean air program for five more years. The U.S. Senate had approved DERA on Dec. 16.

"Today's passage of DERA is a significant environmental and political accomplishment for the U.S. Congress. The House and Senate have proved that bipartisanship can be attained on major environmental initiatives," said Allen Schaeffer, the executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. When all of today's older diesels have been replaced by new models that meet current EPA standards, at least 110,000 tons of particulate matter (or soot) and 2.6 million tons of smog-forming nitrogen oxides will be eliminated from the nation's air. This is the equivalent of taking 13 million of today's trucks off the roads. 

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