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Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks to Recognize Diesel Emission Reductions in Johnson County, Kansas

Release Date: 05/23/2011
Contact Information: Ben Washburn, 913-551-7364, washburn.ben@epa.gov

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(Kansas City, Kan., May 23, 2011) - EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks will recognize efforts made to reduce diesel emissions in Johnson County, Kan.

EPA granted $1 million to Johnson County, Kan., as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to upgrade or replace old diesel vehicles. Diesel emission reduction programs are designed to purchase cleaner diesel equipment and upgrade diesel vehicle fleets to improve air quality and protect public health.

Regional Administrator Brooks will recognize the community for its contribution of an additional $1 million matched and leveraged funds to make the diesel emission reduction project a reality. Johnson County purchased three new low-emission vehicles and upgraded 100 more diesel vehicles with the project funding.

“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides environmental and health benefits in addition to an economic stimulus to our nation. These diesel emission reductions are a very real and tangible benefit provided by ARRA,” EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks said.

At the conclusion of the recognition portion of the event, Regional Administrator Brooks will be available to the media for questions.

WHAT: EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks Recognizes Diesel Emissions Reductions in Johnson County, Kansas

WHERE: In the courtyard between the county’s administration Building, 111 S. Cherry, and the County Courthouse, corner of Kansas and Santa Fe Streets, in Olathe, Kansas

WHEN: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Free parking is available in the garage on the corner of Loula and Cherry Streets.

The recognition ceremony kicks off the Johnson County “Go Green” event. The “Go Green” event will celebrate Johnson County green initiatives from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Approximately 40 vendors will also display their green goods and services.

The event will be held on the ground floor of the county administration building in the event of rain.

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