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August 09, 2019   |   Deseret News


Guest opinion: Our elected leaders should support one of Utah’s most effective clean air programs

From Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, and Scott Williams, executive director of HEAL Utah:

Cleaning up air like ours is the goal of the Diesel Emission Reduction Act, one of the most effective air quality improvement programs managed by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. When Congress returns in September, our elected leaders in Washington, D.C., will take a vote to fund the program. We strongly encourage Sen. Mike Lee and Sen. Mitt Romney to support this appropriation so it can fund the air quality improvements we need back here in Utah.

DERA’s grants help communities clean up their air by replacing older trucks, buses and equipment with newer, cleaner technologies — including new-generation diesel engines. Replacing just one of these heavy-duty vehicles with newer technologies can eliminate tons of emissions. It’s also one of only a few government programs to enjoy bipartisan support, along with a long list of supporters from environmental and health advocates, as well as industry.

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