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EPA Recognizes Clean Air Excellence Award Winners

Release Date: 04/07/2005
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Contact: John Millett, 202-564-7842 / millett.john@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C.-- 04/07/05) Twelve local and state governments, industries and citizen groups are being honored for their efforts in working to make the air cleaner nationwide. The recognition comes at the fifth annual Clean Air Excellence Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

"Across the nation, these award winners are using innovative approaches to help make our nation's air cleaner," said Jeff Holmstead, assistant administrator for air. "The winners of the Clean Air Excellence Awards are examples of how one person -- or one organization -- can make a positive difference."

The Clean Air Excellence Awards program, sponsored by EPA, recognizes and honors outstanding, innovative efforts to make progress in achieving cleaner air. The program was established in 2000 at the recommendation of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC), a senior-level policy committee that advises EPA on issues related to implementing the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.

The five categories of awards and this year's awardees:

CLEAN AIR TECHNOLOGY
Environmental Defense, FedEx Express & Eaton Corp - Getting in Gear: Transforming Truck Technology in America
Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. - E-ETEC Clean Air Technology
Purafil Inc. - Purafil OnGuard Monitors and Enersave
Pennsylvania Army National Guard - Water Dispersible Chemical Agent Resistant Coating

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/RE-DEVELOPMENT
Transportation Solutions and the Nichols Partnership - The Cherry Creek Bike Rack

EDUCATION/OUTREACH
Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District - Airshare.info: Linking the Nation's Air Quality Communicators
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus - Clean Air Counts
Indian Nations Council of Governments - Tulsa Air Quality Enhancement and Education Program

REGULATORY/POLICY INNOVATIONS
City of Medford, Energy and Environment Office - Clean Energy & Clean Transportation in Medford, MA
The Mohegan Environmental Protection Department - Mohegan Integrated Emission Reductions

TRANSPORTATION EFFICIENCY INNOVATIONS
Fairfax County Government; Virginia Railway Express; & CONNEX North America Inc. EZ Bus
City of Redmond, WA; King County Metro Transit; & The Greater Redmond Transportation
Management Association - Redmond Trip Reduction Incentive Program

For more information, go to: http://www.epa.gov/air/caaac/2004awar.html .