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Event in O’Fallon, Mo., to Highlight Energy Savings and Pollution Reduction Plans for Eight Missouri Cities

Release Date: 07/07/2010
Contact Information: Kris Lancaster, 913-551-7557 or 816-896-0027 (cell for July 8 event only), lancaster.kris@epa.gov

NEWS MEDIA ADVISORY

(Kansas City, Kan., July 7, 2010) - EPA Region 7 and City of O’Fallon will host a public event July 8, offering exhibits and information about energy savings and pollution reduction plans in eight Missouri communities.

Together, the cities will reduce energy consumption by more than eight million kilowatt hours and an estimated reduction of 16 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions through less coal being burned at regional power plants.

“Our goal is to help cities reduce energy used to make clean drinking water and treat wastewater,” EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks said. “Saving that money is good for taxpayers, good for cities and good for the environment.”

EPA Region 7 developed a Missouri Energy Management Initiative for Water and Wastewater Utilities for the Missouri communities of Branson, Columbia, Harrisonville, Joplin, Neosho, O’Fallon, Rolla and St. Peters. The cities developed energy management plans to address current and future costs associated with energy usage.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri University of Science & Technology’s Institute of Environmental Excellence and Siemens Industry, Inc. are partners in the program.

WHO: EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks, Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Mark Templeton, Mayor of O’Fallon Bill Hennessy, and Siemens Industry, Inc. District Manager David Hopping

WHAT: Public Demonstration and Information Event

ACTIVITIES: Displays of new technologies at O’Fallon’s wastewater treatment plant; experts available to discuss energy savings and pollution prevention programs

WHERE: O’Fallon Wastewater Plant, 150 Firma Road, O’Fallon, Mo. 63366

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 2010 (A tour for the news media and visiting officials will take place at 1:15 p.m.)

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