[6/28/17] According to E&E Daily, “A popular program to take older, higher-polluting diesel vehicles off the road would get a five-year reauthorization under bipartisan legislation introduced yesterday by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and other top members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The bill, S. 1447, would renew the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program from fiscal 2018 through 2022, with a recommended $100 million annual funding level during that time. The legislation would also add language requiring U.S. EPA to recognize that different parts of the country have different concerns over diesel fleet use and other issues when making grant decisions, according to a summary provided by Carper’s office. The DERA program, which dispenses grants to pay for replacement or retrofits of older diesel-powered trucks and other equipment, is getting about $60 million this fiscal year. It ‘continues to be a bipartisan, commonsense approach to curbing toxic diesel emissions, promoting public health and spurring economic growth,’ Carper said in a news release.” [E&E Daily]