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OVER 13,000 DIESEL TRUCKS WILL BE CLEANER NATION-WIDE

Release Date: 01/25/2001
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FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2001
OVER 13,000 DIESEL TRUCKS WILL BE CLEANER NATION-WIDE


Through partnerships with state and local governments and industry, EPA has received commitments to clean up 13,500 diesel trucks and buses across the country by January 1, surpassing the original goal set last March of 10,000 vehicles. Retrofitting these engines will eliminate more than 15,000 tons of harmful pollution from the air each year. EPA’s Voluntary Diesel Retrofit Program helps build partnerships among industry, community groups, and state and local officials to implement retrofit projects that result in cleaner, healthier air for their communities. Cities participating in the program include Boston, New York, Seattle and Washington, DC., and New Jersey and California are instituting statewide programs. A typical older diesel truck or bus can emit almost 8 tons of pollution in a year. Heavy duty diesel vehicles are responsible for 22 percent of the nation’s particulate matter (i.e., soot) emissions, and 15 percent of the nation’s emissions of smog-causing nitrogen oxides. The retrofitting of a diesel vehicle involves the installation of an emission control device that reduces the emissions of particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and other pollutants. More information can be found at: www.epa.gov/otaq/retrofit.

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