Click here to watch Barrasso’s remarks on how Wyoming has used DERA funding.  

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), highlighted the importance of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) to communities in Wyoming. Barrasso noted several school districts in Wyoming have used funds from the DERA program to replace aging school buses, both to improve efficiency and reduce emissions.

Barrasso delivered the following remarks at a committee hearing on bipartisan legislation that Barrasso has cosponsored to extend the important program. The hearing featured testimony from Dale Krapf, chairman of Krapf Group, Inc.; Kurt Nagle, president of the American Association of Port Authorities; and Timothy Johnson, deputy consultant for Corning Incorporated.

Barrasso specifically asked Krapf about the importance of the program for school districts in Wyoming and across the country. For more information on the hearing click here.

Senator Barrasso’s Remarks on Importance of DERA Program for Wyoming:

“Mr. Krapf, over the last couple of years, the state of Wyoming has leveraged about $900,000 in federal DERA funds to purchase new buses across the state.

“The city of Cheyenne Parks and Recreation replaced two buses used for student transportation.

“We have school districts in Big Horn County, Campbell County, Lincoln County, Park County, Sheridan County, Sweetwater County, and Uinta County have all used federal DERA funding to order 43 replacement school buses.

“Can you just talk about how important is DERA funding for school districts across the country that want to purchase more environmentally friendly buses to provide cleaner air for our children and our communities?”