Texas House of Representatives approved legislation April
8 that would tack 3 cents a gallon onto the state's diesel
fuel tax and could help bring the state into federal clean
sponsored by Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, also would increase
the tax on the sale, rental or lease of diesel equipment
by 2 percent, The Dallas Morning News reported.
say the proposal awards grants to speed up business' voluntary
retirement of older, higher-polluting diesel equipment, and
it also pays for research into clean-air technologies.
however, criticized the move. They say part of the plan weakens
low emission standards, which would jeopardize federal highway
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has required the Lone
Star State to reduce its emissions by 16.3 tons a day in
the Dallas-Fort Worth area and 18.9 tons a day in the Houston
area by 2007, the newspaper reported.
bill, which has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration,
also would bar the state from future actions on lower speed
limits for clean air.