Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Provided $8 Billion in Health Benefits in 10 Years

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) saved 520 million gallons of diesel fuel and generated billions of dollars in health benefits from 2008 to 2018, according to a report by Environmental Protection Agency.

First authorized in 2005, the DERA program provides financing to accelerate the upgrading and turnover rate of older diesel fleets. Available rebates and subsidies help pay for replacement vehicles and engines that meet or exceed emissions standards.

About $801 million in funding went to replace or upgrade more than 73,700 engines or vehicles between 2008 and 2018, according to the EPA.

The EPA estimated the total lifetime value of health benefits from reduced air pollutants to range from $8 billion to $8.6 billion and averted about 850 premature deaths in 2008 to 2018.

Based on monetized health impacts estimated by the EPA, every dollar of DERA program funding yields $10 in health benefits.

“Reducing harmful diesel emissions translates to cleaner air and healthier communities, and this bipartisan legislation delivers those benefits to communities across the country,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement. Press.

From 2008 to 2018, DERA avoided 5.3 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. It also alleviated air pollution problems by preventing:

  • 491,000 tons of nitrogen oxides to be emitted.
  • 16,800 tonnes of fine particles emitted.
  • 65,600 tonnes of carbon monoxide being emitted.

Long-term exposure to these air pollutants can increase the risk of premature death, lung cancer, asthma, more frequent hospitalizations for heart and lung disease, developing chronic respiratory diseases, respiratory infections and other respiratory symptoms, according to the EPA.

Children and adults who play or exercise outdoors, outdoor workers and the elderly are most at risk of health complications from air pollution. About 54% of DERA projects target areas that have air quality problems, according to last week’s report.

“The results have been particularly impactful for vulnerable communities and children, prioritizing diesel emission reduction projects that deliver health and environmental benefits to underserved and overburdened areas,” Regan said.

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The Diesel Technology Forum said, “No other bipartisan federal program has delivered a more sustained level of clean air benefits to disadvantaged and minority communities than DERA.”

He also said it was one of the most inclusive programs in terms of the wide range of vehicles and equipment eligible for grants. School buses, commercial trucks, seagoing vessels and locomotives are some of the vehicles to which DERA applies.

“We celebrate the accomplishments of the DERA program and know that there remains a significant need and opportunity for continued progress in these unique areas that only DERA is adept at addressing, as other sources of funding have emerged,” Allen Schaeffer, Director executive of the Diesel Technology Forum. , said Monday in a press release.

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