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EPA honors 27 transportation industry members' environmental efforts


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently named 27 winners of its 2008 Environmental Excellence Awards, which are part of the SmartWay™ Transportation Partnership program.

The winners of the award — which recognize transportation industry members' efforts to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions — included one railroad, Pacific Harbor Line Inc. (PHL).

This year, the 75-mile short line renewed its locomotive fleet with environmentally friendly units designed to reduce particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions by 70 and 46 percent, respectively. PHL's locomotives now meet or exceed the EPA's Tier 2 or Tier 3 emission standards.

In addition, PHL became the first short line to join the EPA's SmartWay Transport Partnership in September 2005. Now sporting more than 1,000 members, the voluntary SmartWay program provides partners tools to evaluate ways to reduce emissions and cut fuel usage, and assistance with obtaining financing to adopt environmentally friendly and fuel-saving technologies.

Other environmental excellence award winners include freight carriers Con-way Freight, J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc., Schneider National Inc., Swift Transportation Co. and United Parcel Service; shippers Kimberly-Clark Inc., Kohl's Department Stores and Lowe's Cos. Inc.; and logistics firms Hub Group Inc., APL Logistics and Transplace.

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