NACAA Joins Broad Coalition in Urging House Members to Reauthorize DERA

May 3, 2017 – NACAA, as part of a coalition that also includes industry groups, environmental and public health organizations and other stakeholders, signed a letter that was sent to members of the House of Representatives urging them to support reauthorization of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). In the letter, the coalition highlights the cost effectiveness of the DERA program, noting EPA’s estimates that every $1 in federal assistance is met with another $3 in non-federal matching funds and generates $5 to $21 in health and economic benefits. As indicated in the letter, EPA also estimates that the DERA program has resulted in the upgrading of nearly 73,000 vehicles or pieces of equipment for total lifetime emissions reductions of 335,200 tons of nitrogen oxide and 14,700 tons of particulate matter, which equate to approximately $12.6 billion in health benefits. The coalition also explains that every state benefits from DERA, with 30 percent of funding dedicated to supporting state programs. The most recent reauthorization of DERA occurred in 2010, when legislation was enacted to authorize funding for the program from 2012 through 2016. Among the other 3 groups signing the letter are the American Association of Port Authorities, American Lung Association, American Trucking Associations, Associated General Contractors of America, Clean Air Task Force, Corning Incorporated, Cummins Inc., Diesel Technology Forum, Emissions Control Technology Association, EDF Action, Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association, National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, National School Transportation Association, South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association.