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EMPLOYER TRIP REDUCTION REGULATIONS RECEIVE FINAL APPROVAL

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- State Environmental regulations aimed at reducing motor vehicle emissions in the five-county Philadelphia region were approved today by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission.
 The regulations require employers with 100 or more employees to implement plans to reduce work-related vehicle trips in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties to reduce severe ozone pollution.
 An estimated 2,500 businesses and one million workers are expected to be affected. The regulations are required by the federal Clean Air Act amendments of 1990.
 "Reducing air pollution and relieving congestion are the twin goals Congress had in mind when it mandated the Employer Trip Reduction program," state Environmental Resources Secretary Arthur A. Davis said.
 "These regulations try to balance the concerns of a wide variety of employers with the basic requirements of the law."
 The employer trip reduction measures are expected to increase overall per-vehicle occupancy by 25 percent between 6 and 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.
 The measures are designed to increase the number of people using mass transit and the number of people in each automobile, while reducing vehicle traffic in the region. The net effect will be a reduction in air pollution and congestion on the region's roadways.
 Under the regulations, employers with 1,000 or more workers must submit plans to DER before Nov. 15, 1994, and must meet half of their goals by Nov. 15, 1995, and 80 percent by Nov. 15, 1996.
 Employers with fewer than 1,000 workers must submit plans by Nov. 15, 1995, and are required to meet half of their goals by Nov. 15, 1996.
 The regulations establish the following goals for four zones in the region:
 -- 3.0 average passengers per vehicle in the Philadelphia business distriz?one, a 10 percent increase over current levels.
 -- 1.75 passengers per vehicle in the urban area surrounding the business district, a 17 percent increase.
 -- 1.58 passengers per vehicle in suburban areas, a 28 percent increase.
 -- 1.5 passengers per vehicle in rural areas, a 25 percent increase.
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 /CONTACT: Spike Lukens of the DER, 717-787-1323/


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