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CATF Advocacy Director Conrad Schneider (far left), Congressman Edward Markey and other climate experts after testimony before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, March 2010.

The Diesel Clean-up Campaign led by the Clean Air Task Force and state-based partners is working to enact local, state, and federal policies to clean up pollution from dirty diesel engines. The Diesel Clean-up Campaign is officially endorsed by more than 525 organizations in all 50 states. In addition to advocating for widespread diesel clean-up policy on the federal level, Campaign partners in more than a dozen states lead on-the-ground campaigns to reduce diesel pollution by winning policies, legislation, and regulation on the local and state levels. As the campaign gains momentum, political leaders are increasingly heeding the call that the implementation of effective diesel clean-up policy is a win for health, a win for climate, and a win for jobs. To learn more, and to take action in support of this campaign, please visit the Diesel Clean-up Campaign.

The ultimate goal of the Diesel Clean-up Campaign is to reduce diesel emissions 70% by 2020 through a combination of engine retrofits, replacements, and repowerings fueled with cleaner diesel. Particular focus is paid to “hot spots”—those areas of concentrated diesel pollution where low-income and minority communities often reside—and the more than 200 U.S. counties (home to more than 88 million people) that currently fail to meet federal air quality standards under the Clean Air Act. In these communities and others, diesel retrofits are one of the fastest, simplest ways to reduce the public health burden of poor air quality, and to achieve compliance with EPA standards.

The work of our state-based campaign partners is improving local/regional air quality, and laying the groundwork for necessary federal action. Successful advocacy for local diesel clean-up policies and legislation lends tremendous credibility to the federal campaign, which is working to influence the current, reform-minded Administration and Congress within the context of the Climate debate, the reauthorization of federal transportation laws, and imminent Clean Air Act regulatory deadlines—a combination that presents an unprecedented opportunity for diesel clean-up progress.

Current Federal Campaign Goals include:

  • Congressional support to fully fund the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) which provides the best opportunity for fast-acting diesel reduction measures, but which has lacked adequate funding since its original passage in 2005.
  • A "Credit for Clunkers" Clean Truck Initiative combining a rule by EPA to reduce pollution from large trucks with financial incentives to assist with compliance.
  • A provision in the federal Transportation Bill to require and fund the installation of modern pollution controls on diesel construction equipment used on federally funded transportation projects.
  • Inclusion of funding for diesel black carbon reductions as part of federal climate legislation.