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March 11, 2019   |   Bloomberg Environment

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EPA Diesel Grants Program Targeted for Major Cut in 2020 Budget


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A popular federal air quality program that targets pollution from older diesel engines would get minimal EPA funding under the administration’s 2020 budget proposals.

The Trump administration’s proposed $10 million for diesel emissions reduction in the fiscal 2020 Environmental Protection Agency budget request comes as Republicans and Democrats focus this year on reauthorizing the program.

The grants have garnered consistent support from engine manufacturers such as Caterpillar Inc., as well as environmental groups.

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“While clean diesel innovations that reduce emissions to near-zero levels are ready and available today, integrating these technologies into the fleet of switch locomotives and marine workboats will take time. Incentive programs, like DERA, would help introduce these clean diesel technologies much more quickly and generate benefits, " Ezra Finkin, the forum’s policy director said.


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