Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Media Advisory: Meet Oregon’s new “clean fleet” of tows, tugs and dredgers Nov. 10

News Release
For release: Nov. 8, 2011
Media Advisory:  November 10, 2011
Meet Oregon’s new “clean fleet”            
 of Tows, Tugs and Dredgers
Tour highlights efforts to improve air quality and reduce 
fuel consumption by retrofitting regional shipping vessels

What:             The Columbia and Willamette Rivers, collectively one of the world’s busiest grain export waterways, are running a little more “green” thanks to efforts to retrofit and repower several heavy-duty diesel marine engines.

                        Join Congressman Earl Blumenauer and dignitaries from EPA, Oregon DEQ and from local shipping companies for a firsthand look at how Oregon’s marine freight industry has partnered with federal, state and local governments to lower fuel consumption and reduce emissions.

                       Take a tour of the vessels and discover how public and private partnerships and programs like Oregon’s clean diesel initiative have strengthened the region’s marine shipping industry. Learn more about upcoming federal initiatives for clean diesel projects in Oregon and Washington.

When:             1:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10

Where:           5 SE Madison, Portland
                        (At the Portland Fire Station on the Eastbank Esplanade)

         U.S. Congressional Representative Earl Blumenauer, Oregon, 3rd District
         Maye Thompson, Environmental Health Program Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility
         Dick Pedersen, Director, Oregon DEQ
         Dennis McLerran, Regional Administrator, EPA Region X
         Bill Wyatt, Executive Director, Port of Portland
         Dennis McVicker, Tidewater CEO

Oregon DEQ Contacts:
Kevin Downing: Air Quality Division, Clean Diesel Initiative, 503-229-6549
William Knight: Office of Communications & Outreach, 503-229-5680; Cell: 503-757-1889

DEQ is a leader in protecting, restoring and maintaining Oregon’s environment.