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DER ANNOUNCES PUBLIC MEETINGS ON CLEAN FUEL VEHICLE PROGRAM

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (DER) will hold public meetings Dec. 6 and 7 to take public comment on its proposed Clean Fuel Vehicle Program for car and truck fleets in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
 The public meetings will be held:
 -- 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at the Upper Merion Township Building, Freedom Hall, 175 West Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia.
 -- 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Visitors Center, Independence National Historic Park, Third and Chestnut streets, Philadelphia.
 The federal Clean Air Act requires fleet owners with 10 or more vehicles in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties to lower air-polluting emissions, primarily by purchasing vehicles that emit less pollution or converting existing vehicles to use clean fuels.
 "Congress required the Clean Fuel Vehicle Program for fleets recognizing that motor vehicles cause about one-third of the ground-level ozone pollution problem," James Salvaggio, director of DER's Bureau of Air Quality said. Pennsylvania's program will go into effect next year.
 Between 1998 and 2000, an increasing percentage of all new vehicles acquired by fleet owners must meet emission levels for clean fleet vehicles -- including those using clean fuels such as reformulated gasoline, clean diesel fuel, natural gas; and those with advanced pollution control technology.
 For light-duty vehicles and trucks (trucks weighing less than 8,500 pounds), 30 percent of fleets must be low-emission vehicles starting in model year 1998; 50 percent starting in model year 1999; and 70 percent in model year 2000 and beyond.
 For heavy duty vehicles (weighing between 8,500 and 26,000 pounds), 50 percent of new vehicles purchased annually must be low-emission vehicles in model year 1998 and beyond.
 Salvaggio said fleet owners would be able to earn credits by purchasing clean fuel vehicles before 1998, purchasing more clean fuel vehicles than required in any one year, or purchasing vehicles that meet stricter emission standards than those required.
 Those credits could be banked, traded and sold, Salvaggio said.
 Law enforcement, emergency and off-road vehicles are exempt from the program.
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 /CONTACT: Pam DiSalvo, press secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, 717-787-1323/


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