The Interior and Environmental Agencies Appropriations bill has proposed a 50-percent funding increase, or $30 million, for the U.S. Enviornmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) for fiscal year 2015.
The increase in funding was made possible through efforts from the National Student Transportation Association (NSTA). The organization reported that it played a hand in helping secure a significant number of the 39 signatories in a letter to the Appropriations Committee, which proposed the $30-million increase in DERA funding.
DERA funds the purchase of clean-diesel vehicles or technology that significantly reduces emissions from diesel-powered vehicles. According to NSTA, school buses are a major focus for funding through this program, and its members have received more $3.5 million in grants through this and the Clean School Bus program.
The bill is now awaiting action from Congress and consideration from the Senate.