Cardin to Join EPA, State Leaders to Celebrate Major Grant to Reduce Diesel Emissions at Port of Baltimore
TOMORROW, Thursday, October 20 at 10:30 AM, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, will join U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin, Maryland Secretary of the Environment Benjamin Grumbles and Maryland Environmental Health Network Director Rebecca Ruggles at the Dundalk Marine Terminal of the Port of Baltimore for a press conference announcing a grant of almost $1 million to further reduce diesel emissions by heavy equipment used onsite. The federal grant, which comes from the EPA Clean Diesel Program, will help the port make additional reductions in diesel fuel use, along with diesel particulate matter, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, pollutants that can significantly impact human health and the environment.
WHAT:          Press Conference on Reduced Diesel Emissions at Port of Baltimore
WHO:            U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
Shawn Garvin, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 3
Benjamin Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
Charles Glass, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation
Kathy Broadwater, Deputy Executive Director, Maryland Port Administration
Rebecca Ruggles, Director, Maryland Environmental Health Network           
WHEN:          Thursday, October 20 at 10:30 AM (Media should report to Badging Center by 10:00 AM to be shuttled to event.)

WHERE:        Port of Baltimore Visitor Badging Center, 2001 Broening Hwy., Baltimore, MD 21222

HOW:            Media REQUIRED to RSVP to Maryland Port Administration at 410-385-4702 by 2 PM TODAY. A valid driver’s license and media credentials are required to access the port.
“Less pollution is good for business and better for the public health. The Port of Baltimore has consistently sought out ways to improve its environmental sustainability and the EPA has repeatedly proven itself to be a strong partner in these efforts,” said Senator Cardin. “I appreciate their shared commitment to finding new ways to reduce diesel use and emissions, which are known to have significant impacts on public health, especially in children. These types of joint efforts are a powerful way to expand the benefits of investments in pollution-control technologies and are to be strongly applauded.”

Sen. Benjamin Cardin