Diesel Technology Forum Supports Legislation to Prohibit Tampering with Vehicle Emission Controls in Utah
February 08, 2018 |
Feb. 8, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Idaho funds to upgrade or replace some of the state’s critical equipment with the latest, cleanest diesel technology.
Through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) received nearly $720,000. Idaho will use these funds to:
In total, this project will eliminate 5.2 tons of particulate matter, 5.2 tons of nitrogen oxides, 5.9 tons of hydrocarbons, 27.3 tons of carbon monoxide, and 132.1 tons of carbon dioxide from Idaho's air.
“Because of its unmatched and unique combination of power, performance, reliability, fuel efficiency and low emissions, clean diesel is the technology of choice for many of our nation's school buses, construction and agriculture equipment, and other large engines," said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “IDEQ's decision to use clean diesel technology will prove of enormous benefit to Idaho's communities.”
The DERA program is widely considered one of the most cost-effective federal clean air programs. It provides grants and rebates to incentivize equipment and vehicle owners to install retrofit technologies on existing heavy-duty diesel vehicles and engines, or replace these engines and equipment, reducing emissions by as much as 90 percent.
Over the past 10 years, the EPA estimates approximately $12.6 billion in health benefits have been gained from its $700 million investment in DERA. In total, the program has upgraded nearly 73,000 vehicles or pieces of equipment, saved more than 450 million gallons of fuel, and reduced 14,700 tons of particulate matter (PM) and 335,200 tons of oxides of nitrogen (NOX) across the United States. The program achieves these benefits by requiring significant non-federal matching funds for projects seeking funding.
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The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information visit www.dieselforum.org.