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EPA, CARB AND U.S. VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS SIGN PACT

 EPA, CARB AND U.S. VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS SIGN PACT
 DETROIT, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal and state regulators will


sign a landmark multi-year research agreement with domestic vehicle manufacturers tomorrow to help develop technology to monitor and enforce future emissions standards.
 Research scientists from Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Navistar, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Environmental Protection Agency's Air Resources Board (CARB) will work together under the unique agreement to develop new technology to identify evaporative emissions and hard-to-detect low-level exhaust emissions from cars and trucks. The signing will take place at a National Technology Initiative luncheon in Santa Clara, Calif.
 The research effort will focus on methods for detecting the low- level emission of non-methane organic gas, carbon monoxide and oxides of nitrogen -- all slated for future regulatory action.
 The detection of specific hydrocarbons and oxygenates emitted from conventional and alternative-fuel vehicles also will be studied. In addition, the cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) seeks to improve and standardize state and federal tests for evaporative emissions.
 Early phases of the program will be devoted to the study of existing and potential emissions test equipment and technology. Field and laboratory testing will get under way next year. The project is expected to run for about five years.
 Industry participants in the project will work under the auspices of the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) and USCAR's Environmental Research Consortium (ERC). The ERC is one of nine joint research initiatives organized under the USCAR banner. Formed in 1991, the ERC's mission is to advance the understanding of both stationary and vehicular emissions as a major step toward improving the environment.
 USCAR's Executive Director Don Walkowicz said this is the first cooperative research agreement between the EPA, CARB and the nation's major domestic vehicle manufactures, noting that "this new pact provides further evidence of the growing spirit of cooperation that has developed between government and the private sector."
 Dr. Wayne France, chairman of the ERC and head of GM's Environmental Science Department, said the program will provide auto makers and regulatory agencies at both state and federal levels with technology needed to help measure and further reduce vehicle emissions.
 "The project also will help us reach a consensus on the best types of equipment and test procedures required to meet future emissions standards," Dr. France said. "Because of the large number of domestic manufacturers, automotive suppliers and government agencies involved in the effort to remove car-and-truck emissions from the nation's pollution equation, it's important that we all work together to standardize test equipment and diagnostic procedures."
 In addition to Dr. France, participants at signing ceremonies in Santa Clara on Thursday will include James McCandless, Navistar's vice president for engine-division engineering; William K. Reilly, EPA administrator; and James M. Strock, California secretary for environmental protection.
 "This research is more than an academic exercise, it is of great practical significance to Californians," Strock said. "As California's high air standards require new cars to be almost entirely pollution-free in this decade, innovations will come on line, demonstrating again that environmental protection and economic progress go hand in hand."
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 /CONTACT: Larry Weis of USCAR, 313-248-4298; Lauren Milone-Mical of EPA, 202-260-4358; Bill Sessa of CARB, 916-322-2990; Beryl Goldsweig of Ford, 313-337-2456; Mary Roznowski of GM, 313-986-5717; Deborah Spak of Navistar, 312-836-3232; or Jason Vines of Chrysler, 313-956-5346/ CO: United States Council for Automotive Research ST: Michigan, California IN: AUT SU:


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