Legislation mandating additional reductions

He acknowledges this however, and states he looks forward to working with the members of the Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change & Nuclear Safety of the Committee on Environment & Public Works to reduce the health effects of diesel exhaust.

The law appropriated funds to federal and state loan programs to either rebuild diesel-powered vehicle engines to more stringent emission standards or install emission reduction systems, notify affected parties, and share the technological information with countries that have poor air quality standards.

These loans are issued on a competitive basis to maximize reductions in diesel emissions in terms of number of tons of pollution and emissions exposure.

States can apply for this aid through the EPA, which reviews the application and decides if a state is eligible for a monetary allocation.

If all 50 states qualify for funding, each state receives 2% of the appropriated funds for the state grant and loan program.

The resultant movement was the National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC).

DERA also requires that the EPA share the technological resources regarding the retrofitting and modification of diesel engines to reduce emissions with foreign countries that have poor air quality standards.

This bill would eligibility requirements for grants and low-cost loans to include individual owners and other private entities that manage diesel fleets and are contractors with the federal government.

It would also require 95% of funds appropriated to be expanded in a given year on grants to eligible program participants.

In July 2005, Wayne Nastri, Regional Administrator for Region 9 of the EPA, initially proposed the idea of a Diesel Emissions Reduction in the 109th Congress, 1st session.

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