Decade of ‘Clean Diesel’ to be Celebrated by EPA Next Month


The National School Transportation Association invites industry professionals to attend a two-day seminar next month that calls attention to EPA’s 10-year-old National Clean Diesel Campaign, which turns 10 years old this year.

NSTA is a sponsor for “Clean Diesel 10: A Decade of Action — Working Together for Cleaner Air,” which will be held Oct. 19 and 20 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The registration deadline is Sept. 17.

The event is designed to not only recognizes past successes of the federal program, which includes millions of dollars worth of engine and emissions retrofits and new vehicle purchases under what was originally known as the Clean School Bus USA program, but also possible future gains as the Diesel Emissions Reduction Program is up for congressional reauthorization by next fall.

The masters of ceremony for Clean Diesel ’10 are Jim Blubaugh, manager of EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign, and Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the diesel technology forum. The preliminary agenda shows scheduled keynote addresses on Oct. 19 by Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-RI), deputy whip and a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and chair of the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety.

The event will also present several sessions on clean air topics. Pete Japikse, the assistant director of transportation for the Ohio Department of Education, represents NASDPTS during the Oct. 20 panel discussion “On-highway: School Bus/Municipal Fleets.” Earlier that same day, Dale Krapf of Krapf Bus Companies and an NSTA board member, participates in a policy and communications session that will explore federal, state and local policies and future clean diesel programs and projects.

As a Clean Diesel 10 Clean Air Leader, NSTA hosts a lunch from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Oct. 20. Other Clean Air Leaders are Caterpillar, Inc., Donaldson Filtration Solutions and Johnson Matthey. Other sponsors include Cummins, Daimler Trucks North America, Espar Heaters, Detroit Diesel, the Propane Education and Research Council, and Webasto.