Alternative Fuel Buses Next Step in Louisiana Clean Cities Campaign
siana's three Clean Cities Coalitions on Thursday shared perspectives on alternative fuels, hybrid vehicles and changing infrastructure.
The Clean Cities Statewide Conference 2004 gave interested parties a chance "to learn what's coming, what the fuels are doing and about air quality," said Mike McDaniel, executive director of the Baton Rouge Clean Air Coalition and an air quality consultant.
The speakers said alternative fuels and vehicles that use a combination of electricity and conventional fuels reduce air pollutants, some of which can lead to the formation of ozone, which causes respiratory problems.
The five-parish area of East and West Baton Rouge, Livingston, Ascension and Iberville is out of compliance with ozone provisions of the 1990 Clean Air Act. As a result, the area was reclassified on June 23, 2003 as a "severe" area for ozone pollution and has until June 23, 2004 to switch to reformulated gasoline, a more expensive, cleaner-burning gasoline.
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