FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
DATE:  August 20, 2004
CONTACT: Gretchen Arnold, Program Director, Pollution Prevention Partnership, (361) 825-3070, Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361)825-2337

Corpus Christi Vehicle Drivers Can Tune-in and Get Tuned Up Free at Pollution Prevention Partnership’s Clean Air Fair
 
The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Pollution Prevention Partnership will hold a Clean Air Fair on Saturday, August 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Circle K located at Interstate Highway 37 and Water Street.
 
The Partnership’s AutoCheck, a remote vehicle emission sensing system, will be on site. Motorists will drive past the system, and if their emissions are shown to be polluting, they will be scheduled for a free tune-up. Certified mechanics will be on site to answer any questions.

Participants can also “take their chance on clean air” with a shot at winning $5,000 in the basketball toss, in which dirty goggles will be worn to simulate air pollution. Other “air” activities include a hot air balloon, kite flying, Frisbee golf, kite-surfing exhibits, and test drives of new-age alternative fueled vehicles.
 
“Currently, Corpus Christi is an attainment area for ozone, but is designated as near non-attainment,” said Gretchen Arnold, program director for the Pollution Prevention Partnership. “That means we are very close to violating air quality standards as set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency. Every effort to reduce air emissions can make a big difference. Should Corpus Christi no longer meet federal air quality standards, harsh regulatory mandates could be imposed on our area, such as the loss of federal highway funds, curtailed business development or expansion opportunities, harsh vehicle inspections, and more.”