DATE:  August 5 , 2005
CONTACT: Gretchen Arnold, Director of Air Quality Programs, (361) 825-3070; Melissa Goonan, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2337  

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Pollution Prevention Partnership to Co-Host 2005 Clean Air Fair       

Drivers with polluting vehicles will have opportunity for free tune-ups

The Pollution Prevention Partnership (P3) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi Air Quality group will hold the 2005 Clean Air Fair on Sunday, August 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Whataburger Field parking lot.

“The purpose of the event is to educate the community about the importance of activities that may jeopardize good air quality and how people can make a difference in the quality of air they breathe with their daily activities,” said Gretchen Arnold, director of Air Quality Programs.

During the fair, the public will have an opportunity to have their vehicles checked for pollutant emissions. Vehicles with pollutant emissions will receive a free tune-up to bring the vehicle up to standards. In addition, the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality Mobile Environmental Lab will display current air quality data for the area.

Hybrid, propane and compressed natural gas vehicles will be available for a test drive. Participants will be able to view the University of Texas’ solar car and meet the students who built it.

“This is a great way to teach the community about the benefits of alternative fuel vehicles,” Arnold said.

The fair will also feature a “Battle of the Garage Bands” between local groups: “Boots;” “Still Crazy;” and “Carl Lewis and the Dead Beats.” Other scheduled activities include a include kite flying demonstration and a variety of exhibits. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.