Posted on June 17, 2005
ALEXANDER COSPONSORS CLEAN DIESEL TECHNOLOGY INNITATIVES WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) cosponsored legislation to aid in reducing diesel emissions in the air by encouraging the trucking industry to pursue clean diesel technologies. The bill sponsored by Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) will extend investment credits to trucking companies that purchase trucks with new diesel technologies. If passed, this legislation will amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the trucking industry to purchase trucks with the newer, cleaner and more efficient emission standards. "This will do two important things: clean the air and keep good transportation jobs across the country," said Alexander. "In Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the nation’s most polluted park and Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga are on the American Lung Association’s list of top 25 cities with the dirtiest air in the country. I will continue to support initiatives that help to clean our air and help businesses in leading the way to do their part to clean the air." One hundred percent of the long-haul trucking industry is powered by diesel engines. In the past decade engineers have been able to create new technologies and engines which reduce smog forming and particulate emissions by 78 percent less than a similar truck made in 1987.