committee of Texas House and Senate members reached an agreement
May 31 on legislation to help bring the state into federal clean
measure’s final version, combined with current funding, would
raise about $640 million over the next four years for the Texas
Emissions Reduction Program, which would target diesel emissions.
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.
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 Dallas Morning News reported.
those areas fail to meet the emissions standards, the state could
lose millions of dollars in federal highway funds.
bill would raise the current $13 vehicle title transfer fee to
$33 in areas of the state that don’t meet clean-air standards
or those that barely avoid the cut. The fee would increase to
$28 for the rest of the state.
also would increase the surcharge on the sale or lease of off-road
diesel equipment from 1 percent to 2 percent.
Senate proposal to lower the surcharge on the sale or lease of
on-road diesel equipment from 2.5 percent to 2 percent, but expand
it to newer vehicles, was rejected by House lawmakers.
proposed 3-cent-a-gallon tax hike on diesel fuel was also dropped
from the final version.
bill now heads to the governor.