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Southeast Diesel Collaborative Conference to be Held in Atlanta

Release Date: 06/22/2007
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

(ATLANTA – June 22, 2007) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will join a consortium of federal, state and local government agencies, non-profit and industry organizations to hold the Southeast Diesel Collaborative Second Annual Partners Conference in Atlanta on June 26-27, 2007. The Southeast Diesel Collaborative is a public-private partnership composed of stakeholders from 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. The conference will focus on nationally and regionally significant diesel emissions issues, bringing together experts for strategic planning for 2008 to promote clean, renewable fuels and emerging clean diesel technology for the agriculture/biodiesel, heavy construction and on-road sectors. A Policy Maker Roundtable will feature agriculture, energy, environmental and transportation Commissioners, Secretaries and Directors from the eight southeastern states to identify priority areas and challenges for the Collaborative. The latest in technology, research, strategies and projects will be presented by manufacturers, academia, organizations and state and local representatives.

Organized in early 2006 by EPA Region 4, the Southeast Diesel Collaborative has enjoyed unprecedented success in bringing together leaders from federal, state and local governments, organizations, industry and academia to reduce diesel engine emissions across the eight southeastern states. Focused on promoting a cleaner environment, energy independence and growing, sustainable economies, this partnership offers wide ranging health and economic benefits to the agriculture, heavy construction and on-road sectors.

Who: The U.S. EPA and a consortium of federal, state and local government agencies, and non-profit and industry organizations

What: Southeast Diesel Collaborative Second Annual Partners Conference

When: June 26, 2007 at 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., with Reception immediately following;
June 27, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., followed by two concurrent Training Seminars on Biodiesel 102 and Collaborative Marketing / Outreach from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Holiday Inn Select Atlanta
Capitol Conference Center
450 Capitol Avenue, SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
(404) 591-2000 or 1-800-HOLIDAY

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 Southeast Diesel Collaborative website at: www.southeastdiesel.org.