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Southeast Diesel Collaborative Conference to be Held in Atlanta

Release Date: 04/20/2006
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

(ATLANTA – April 20, 2006) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will join a consortium of federal, state and local government agencies, non-profit and industry organizations to kick off an unprecedented effort to reduce diesel emissions in the Southeast. Organized as the Southeast Diesel Collaborative, EPA will host the groundbreaking conference in Atlanta, April 26 through 27, focusing on strategies to promote clean renewable diesel and emerging technology for the agriculture, heavy construction and on-road sectors. During the conference, EPA and the eight Southeastern states also will mark this collaborative effort with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony. The MOU articulates the common goals of the collaborative and bolsters the relationships between these diverse stakeholders.

The Southeast Diesel Collaborative is a partnership composed of leaders from federal, state and local government, the private sector and other stakeholders in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The goal of the collaborative is to improve air quality by encouraging the use of clean, renewable energy and by reducing diesel emissions from existing engines and equipment from the agriculture, heavy construction and on-road sectors.


What: Southeast Diesel Collaborative Conference

Who: EPA Regional Administrator Jimmy Palmer; GA Department of Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin; KY Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet Secretary LaJuana Wilcher; TN Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan; and TN Department of Agriculture Deputy Commissioner Joe Gaines

When: April 26, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (MOU signing ceremony at 11 a.m)
April 27, 2006 at 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Where: Holiday Inn Select Perimeter
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody

      Atlanta, Georgia 30341
      (770) 457-6363 or 1-800-HOLIDAY

How: There is NO registration fee, however space is limited.

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 National Clean Diesel Campaign at: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel