U.S. Senators, Industry and Environmentalists Announce Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2005
June 16, 2005
On June 16, a bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators joined with a unique coalition of industry representatives and environmentalists on Capitol Hill to announce the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2005.
This landmark legislation was led by Senator George V. Voinovich (R-OH) and co-sponsored by Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). It will establish a national grant and loan program that will distribute $200 million annually to states and other organizations for programs aimed at improving air quality and public health by reducing emissions from diesel engines.
Because diesel engines are well known for their superior durability, often lasting for decades, this legislation provides an opportunity to address emissions from the nation’s fleet of existing diesel equipment. There are a number of options available for upgrading (“retrofitting”) existing diesel engines and equipment – including retrofitting, repowering, repairing and replacing engines. These steps can reduce key emissions by 25 to 85%, resulting in significant air quality and performance benefits.