Rick Perry has signed legislation to help bring Texas into federal
clean air compliance.
new law, combined with current funding, is expected to raise about
$640 million over the next four years for the Texas Emissions Reduction
Program, which targets diesel emissions.
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 reportedly recently.
those areas fail to meet the emissions standards, the state could
lose millions of dollars in federal highway funds.
new law raises 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 increases the surcharge on the sale or lease of off-road diesel
equipment from 1 percent to 2 percent.