Sending Office: Honorable Doris O. Matsui
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Support Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Grant Funding in FY2020

Deadline: COB Tuesday, March 26th

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Dear Colleague:

Please join us in signing the attached letter urging the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to fund the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Grant Program at $100 million in FY2020.

The DERA program provides diesel emissions reduction retrofits for heavy and light diesel vehicles, ocean-going vessels, locomotives, and non-road equipment. The program’s clean-air strategies are developed by working with manufacturers, fleet operators,
air quality professionals, community organizations, and state/local officials to reduce diesel emissions. With school buses alone, harmful emissions can be reduced by 90 percent or more by taking advantage of clean diesel technologies.

Because diesel engines can operate for 20 to 30 years, emissions from older, dirtier diesel engines can lead to serious health and environmental consequences. We have been pleased to see the Appropriations Committee’s regular support for DERA, and we believe
a $100 million appropriation is necessary to continue to retrofit the millions of diesel engines on our nation’s roadways, rails, and waterways.  DERA funds are used to upgrade these engines so that they are cleaner, improving air quality and protecting public

We hope you will join us in supporting funding for DERA grants at $100 million in FY2020. To sign the letter, please direct your staff to fill out

this form
.  For additional information, your staff may contact Emily Richardson with Rep. Matsui at, Melissa Connolly with Rep. Nadler at, or Ricardo Pacheco with Rep. Barragan at  The deadline to sign on is
Tuesday, March 26th.



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