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EPA Official to Tour Highway Construction Site in Birmingham

Release Date: 05/12/2004
Contact Information: Carl Terry, (404) 562-8327,
Highlights new Clean Air Rule to improve air quality

EPA Region 4 Air Division Director Beverly Banister will tour Alabama DOT Highway Construction site (Corridor X Area) in Birmingham on Thursday, May 13, 2004. During the tour, Director Banister will highlight the Agency's new Clean Air Nonroad Diesel Rule. The new rule will cut emission levels from construction, agricultural, and industrial diesel-powered equipment by more than 90 percent. Also, the new rule will remove 99 percent of the sulfur in diesel fuel by 2010, resulting in dramatic reductions in soot from all diesel engines. The Clean Air Nonroad Diesel Rule is the latest round in EPA's decade-long effort to make diesel engines and fuels cleaner. It complements the Clean Diesel Truck and Bus Rule (announced December 21, 2000), which will put the cleanest running heavy-duty trucks and buses in history on America's roads, building a fleet that will be 95 percent cleaner than today's trucks and buses.

WHO: Officials from EPA, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, and the Alabama Department of Transportation

WHAT: EPA to highlight new Clean Air Diesel Rule during tour of Corridor X highway construction site.

WHERE: Alabama DOT Highway Construction site, (Corridor X)

Note: Persons attending the event should meet at the intersection of Highway 78 and County Road 22 at 11:00 a.m.)

WHEN: Thursday, May 13, 2004, 11:00 a.m.