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Tomorrow’s Buses for Today’s Children: Clean School Bus Partnership and Grant Announcement

Release Date: 06/02/2004
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Contact: Lisa Lybbert, 202-564-6436 / lybbert.lisa@epa.gov
John Millett, 202-564-7842 / millett.john@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. - June 2, 2004) On Thursday, June 3 EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt will join Stu Levenick, Group President of Caterpillar Inc., to announce Caterpillar’s contribution to EPA’s Clean School Bus USA initiative. The grants being announced will help lower diesel emissions from about 240 school buses in three communities: Tucson, Ariz.; Peoria, Ill. and Ellis County, Texas. The announcement comes during the June 3 - 4 national Retrofit Conference in Washington, D.C. that will focus on reducing diesel emissions by expanding the use of modern emission control technology in four sectors: construction, ports, freight, and school buses.

      Who: Mike Leavitt, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
      Stu Levenick, Group President of Caterpillar Inc.
      Congressman Ray LaHood, Illinois’ 18th District
      Congressman Joe Barton, Texas’ 6th District (invited)
      Congressman Jim Kolbe, Arizona’s 8th District
      Congressman Ral M.Grijalva, Arizona’s 7th District (invited)
      What: Clean School Bus Partnership and Grant Announcement
      When: Thursday, June 3, 2004,
      2:45 p.m. - 3:05 p.m. EDT
      Where: U.S. EPA Headquarters *
      Ariel Rios North Courtyard
      1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
      Washington, D.C.

VIDEO/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: A 2004 Blue Bird Vision school bus equipped with a certified and fully compliant 2004 engine will be available for viewing in the Ariel Rios North Inner Courtyard.

*Note Due to increased security at the Federal Triangle Complex it is necessary to R.S.V.P. to attend this Press Event. Please contact Lisa Lybbert at 202-564 6436 or 202-251-3354 (cellular phone)

For more information on Clean School Bus USA visit: http://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus
For information about the Retrofit Conference visit: http://www.cleanfleetsusa.net/index.html