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April 26, 2010

Green Airports seminar set for Columbia

COLUMBIA - A Green Airports seminar will be held May 5, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

“This seminar is the first of its kind in South Carolina and is a part of an initiative to provide resources and information that will help airport services, including airlines and other tenants and vendors, to become more environmentally friendly and reduce operating costs,” said Myra Reece, chief of DHEC's Bureau of Air Quality. “This seminar is sponsored by a public-private sector partnership to promote energy efficiency, alternative fuels and recycling options that can be shared with airport staff and other aviation personnel throughout the state.”

Reece said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter are set to become stricter. While air quality is actually improving in South Carolina, meeting these new standards will be more difficult.

Reece said that mobile sources, including cars, trucks and motorcycles as well as off-road sources such as construction equipment and airport ground service equipment, are important factors in helping South Carolina to meet the standards and avoid more restrictive industry pemitting and other federal sanctions. Airports in areas not meeting the standards may be subject to federal review before expansion or construction activities using federal funds can proceed.

“We are expanding our efforts to improve air quality by working collaboratively with airports around the state,” Reece said. “The seminar will offer information for ground service equipment upgrades and alternative fuel conversions which will help lower emissions.”

More information on the Green Airport Seminar can be found at DHEC’s Web site at http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/baq/GreenAirportsInitiative/index.asp.

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For more information:
Marian Nanney- (803) 898-4852
E-mail - nanneyml@dhec.sc.gov

Thom Berry - (803) 898-3885
E-mail - berrytw@dhec.sc.gov
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