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Governor of Oregon Press Office
February 16, 2006
Governor advances program to
reduce diesel pollution through fuel-saving anti-idling technology

The Energy and Engine Technology Corporation introduced its “auxiliary
power unit” (APU), which enables diesel-powered semi-trucks to power their
onboard systems without idling, reaping huge savings for trucking operators and
substantially reducing air pollution. The Oregon Department of Energy provided
a “state energy loan” of $860,000 to the Lane Regional Air Pollution
Authority to pay for installation of APUs in more than 100 trucks. The Authority
also took advantage of a tax credit of $360,000 to offset project costs. The
Oregon Department of Energy will provide an additional state energy loan of $2.5
million to install another 250 APUs.


Friday, October 1, 2004
aims to have engines idle no more. Oregon and
other West Coast governments join to finds ways of cutting unnecessary
diesel emissions.

Over the rumble of idling engines at
a Portland truck stop, federal and state officials Thursday described
a sweeping new push to cut diesel pollution on the West Coast.
Efforts in Oregon start with a $6 million project to eliminate
the need for truckers to idle their engines while stopped — a
practice that keeps engines warm and air-conditioners running but
that consumes about a billion gallons in fuel each year nationwide
and spews tons of toxic pollutants. "The technology
is available. What we need to do is make it accessible," said
Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
will supply $200,000 for work by Oregon State University on the truck
idle reduction project.

OPBOregon Public Broadcasting Radio
Friday, October
1, 2004
Truck Stop

Governor Ted Kulongoski
this week helped introduce a new program to install electrical connections
at state truck stops along Interstate 5. The program is an important
step in a West Coast initiative to curb global warming. It’s called
the Oregon Truck Stop Electrification Project. What it amounts to is
providing RV like hookups at truck stop parking places. Governor Kulongoski
says it saves truckers money because they can turn off their big diesel
engines at night and use electricity for heat, microwaves and TVs.
Ted Kulongoski: It can cost as much as a $1.80 an hour in fuel costs
alone to idle the truck. Truckers also know that sleeping in a truck
that is idling emitting diesel fumes is hard on the environment and
it is bad for their health. Kulongoski says the program will also reduce
noise pollution around truck stops. He’s hoping to have 600 of these
electrified parking places installed soon.

Bend.com Bend.com (OR)
Thursday, September 30, 2004
– Feds Launch I-5 Truck Emissions Project

Gov. Ted Kulongoski was joined
Thursday by officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
to announce the West Coast Diesel Emissions Reduction Collaborative,
a joint effort of federal, state and local government agencies
as well as private-sector interests and non-profit organizations
from California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and British Columbia
to reduce air pollution emissions from diesel sources. This new
collaborative arose in part out of the Global Warming Initiative
the governor launched in 2003 with the governors of California
and Washington to address the issue of global warming and to curb
greenhouse emissions. The EPA identified this effort as an opportunity
to create a wider West Coast corridor program for truck stops as
part of a still larger effort to reduce diesel emissions in several
sectors, including marine and railroads.

Corvaillis TimesCorvallis , OR Gazette Times
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Plan Launched for West
Coast Diesel Emissions

Environmental officials launched
a partnership with industry Wednesday to curb cancer-causing diesel
emissions spewing into the West Coast’s skies. The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency announced $6 million worth of voluntary projects
in California, Oregon and Washington, with most of the money coming
from the federal government. The EPA said it hoped to ultimately
secure $100 million over five years for future projects.

Register GuardEugene
OR Register Guard
Friday, October 1, 2004
Regulators Celebrate Anti-Fume Initiative

At a truck-stop ceremony on Thursday,
Lane County air pollution regulators celebrated the ways they’ve
found to reduce diesel fumes. They also basked in the attention
of Michael Leavitt, who’s the top official at the federal Environmental
Protection Agency. Leavitt made a surprise appearance at the Coburg
Truck ‘n’ Travel event. One Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority
initiative is a $860,000 program to equip long-haul trucks plying
the Interstate 5 corridor with mini engines that truckers can use
to keep their cabs comfortable while they sleep – rather than idle
their main engines for hours, as they do now.

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