Sen. Carper Statement on EPW Approval of his Clean Construction Legislation

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), a senior Member of the Environmental and Public Works Committee, released a statement following the approval of key provisions of his clean construction legislation as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21):

“As the workhorses of our economy, diesel powered construction vehicles and equipment play an important role in the nation’s growth and prosperity. They are also becoming cleaner every day, as new technologies are introduced to cut down on harmful emissions that cause respiratory diseases and other public health problems. But because these vehicles are built to last, fleet turnover is slow and many lack modern pollution controls.

“I am proud to say that my Clean Construction legislation, which I introduced earlier this year, was included in MAP-21 which unanimously passed the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today. The Clean Construction provisions in MAP-21 will help to ensure that highway construction equipment working in areas affected by poor air quality has modern pollution controls installed.

“I thank my colleagues on the Environment and Public Works Committee for recognizing the significance of these provisions and including it as part of this bipartisan bill that invests the resources necessary to make our air cleaner and improve public health.”