Calif. Governor Extends Funding for Clean Diesel Programs
Oct. 1, 2013—California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law a major legislative package including two air quality programs designed to lower emissions from older diesel engines.
“The $2 billion, 10-year package included continued funding for two major California clean diesel programs—the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program and AB 923 which supports local air district program to reduce diesel emissions,” said Ezra Finkin, policy director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “Californians can rightly boast about being the nation’s leader on many fronts, but the fight against air pollution, and putting financial muscle behind the rhetoric, is among the most impressive.”
The Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program was first implemented in 1998 and has replaced or upgraded 48,000 diesel engines resulting in a reduction of 146,000 tons of ozone forming compounds and 6,000 tons of particulate matter or soot. AB 8, signed by Gov. Brown, extends funding for the program through 2023.