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Inaugural Southeast Diesel Collaborative Conference Held in Atlanta

Release Date: 04/26/2006
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

(ATLANTA – April 26, 2006) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the formation of a consortium of federal, state and local government agencies, non-profit and industry organizations with a goal to reduce diesel emissions in the Southeast. Organized as the Southeast Diesel Collaborative, EPA hosted the groundbreaking conference that focused 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 marked 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 partnerships formed through this collaborative will benefit the health of residents living in the Southeast," said EPA Deputy Regional Administrator Stan Meiburg. "By working together, the Southeast Diesel Collaborative enables us to maximize our resources and reduce diesel emissions."

EPA also announced that a $100,000 grant will be available May 15 to fund projects within the Southeast to demonstrate effective emission control technologies and strategies, methods or approaches to reducing diesel emissions as part of the Southeast Diesel Collaborative. Projects may include, but are not limited to, a variety of emissions reductions solutions such as: add-on technology, engine replacement or rebuilds, and idle reduction technologies or strategies.

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.

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: http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel.