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EPA to Recognize Recovery Act Air Quality Improvement Projects in Charleston, SC

Release Date: 02/26/2010
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421,

(ATLANTA – February 26, 2010) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation Gina McCarthy will join officials from the S.C. State Ports Authority (SCSPA), S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), S.C. State Department of Education (SCSDE) and the private sector at an event to illustrate how funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is being used to improve air quality and create jobs in Charleston, SC.

EPA will recognize the Port of Charleston for using ARRA funds to repower and retrofit cargo handling and other diesel equipment at the Port of Charleston. SCSDE will be recognized for using ARRA funding to replace old school buses with new low emission hybrid buses and retrofit existing buses with cleaner technology. The event also will include a tour and demonstration of how filters will be installed on buses, trucks and other diesel engines to reduce the amount of harmful soot particles in the air.

Who: Gina McCarthy, EPA Assistant Administrator of Air and Radiation
Stanley A. Meiburg, EPA Acting Regional Administrator

      Jim Newsome, President & CEO, South Carolina State Ports Authority
          Myra Reece, Bureau Chief of Air Quality for SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
      Betsy Carpentier, Deputy Superintendent for SC State Department of Education

What: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Recognition Event

When: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 10:15 a.m.

Where: Wando Welch Terminal
      400 Long Point Road
      Mount Pleasant, SC

PLEASE NOTE: Advanced security clearance is required for access to port facilities. All media attending the event will need to provide (1) name, (2) date of birth and (3) drivers license number/state issued to Allison Skipper ( no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, March 1. Thank you for your cooperation!