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Release Date: 6/22/2000
Contact Information: Randy Wittorp, U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589


     The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a media availability on the agency's proposal for cleaner-emitting heavy duty trucks and buses and cleaner-burning diesel fuel at 9:00 a.m. on June 27 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Los Angeles.  Margo Oge, director of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, will outline the new rules and answer questions from the media.  The session will precede a 10:00 a.m. public hearing on the proposed rules.

      Event:  U.S. EPA public hearing

      Date & Time:  June 27, 2000, 9:00 a.m.

      Location:     Hyatt Regency
                    711 South Hope St., Redondo Rm.
                    Downtown Los Angeles

          From Hollywood, take the 101 FRWY south to the 110 FRWY  
          south. Exit from the 110 FRWY at 6th St. Travel 2 blocks
          to Hope St. Make a right onto Hope St. Travel 2 blocks  
          down to 7th St. The Hyatt Regency will be on the right  
          hand of the street.

          From Orange County,take the 405 FRWY north to the 110
          north. Exit from the 110 at 9th St. Turn right from the  
          offramp. Travel 3 blocks to Hope St. Make a left onto  
          Hope St. Travel 2 blocks to 7th St. The Hyatt Regency is  
          on the northwest corner of Hope St.

     The EPA has proposed more stringent emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles that would reduce smog-causing emissions from trucks and buses by 95 percent beyond current levels.  Soot emissions would also be reduced by 95 percent below current levels.  The EPA plans to finalize the standards by the end of the year.  The standards would take effect in 2006 - 2007. Information on the proposal is available at .