Senators Introduce DERA Reauthorization Bill

June 27, 2017 – Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, joined by EPW Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) and Senators James Inhofe (R-OK) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), introduced S. 1447, the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of 2017.  The bill would reauthorize the successful DERA program – first established in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 – for another five years, 2018 through 2022, with a recommended annual funding level of $100 million.  The sponsors have also proposed in the bill several changes to the DERA program including requiring the recognition of “differences in typical vehicle, engine, equipment, and fleet use throughout the United States.”