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Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Diesel Working Group to be recognized for environmental achievements

Release Date: 03/05/2007
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421,

(ATLANTA – March 5, 2007) During the Southeast Diesel Collaborative Funding Forum Workshop in Nashville, Tennessee, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will recognize the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Diesel Working Group with a National Leadership Recognition Award. Tennessee is being recognized for developing the first non-road construction program in the nation to be funded in the U.S. Department of Transportation Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funding system and for developing a program to reduce diesel locomotive emissions.

    What: National Leadership Recognition Award

    Who: EPA Regional Administrator Jimmy Palmer; Deputy Governor Stuart Brunson; TN Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely; TN Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke; TN DOT Chief of Environment and Planning Ed Cole; and TDEC Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan

    When: The ceremony will occur on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.

    Where: Gaylord Opryland Hotel
    Delta Complex - Canal E
    2800 Opryland Drive
        Nashville, TN

        The Southeast Diesel Collaborative is part of EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign, a program combining regulatory measures with voluntary initiatives to reduce the pollution emitted from diesel engines across the country. Visit the Southeast Diesel Collaborative website at www.southeastdieselorg and the National Clean Diesel Campaign at .