January—February 2020 Newsletter
A New Regional Administrator
John Busterud was appointed Regional Administrator of EPA’s Pacific Southwest region in February. Mr. Busterud has over 30 years of experience as an environmental and energy attorney. He is also a retired U.S. Army Colonel with multiple Combined, Joint and Interagency assignments, including active duty deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Combined Forces Command on the Korean Peninsula.
Investing in Water Infrastructure
EPA recently announced a $59 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan to the Coachella Valley Water District to help finance stormwater channel improvements that will better manage heavy rains to protect communities’ surface waters and public health.
Cleaner Trucks for Arizona
In January, at an event with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, EPA, state and local officials, along with the American Trucking Association, announced steps to advance the national Cleaner Trucks Initiative (CTI) in Arizona. The CTI aims to establish, through rulemaking, more stringent emissions standards to reduce nitrogen oxide and other pollutants from heavy-duty truck engines.
- Patch: Phoenix Replacing More Diesel-Fueled Garbage Trucks With Natural Gas OnesExit
- Cleaner Trucks Initiative
Protecting Clean Air
EPA, the Department of Justice, and the state of California have reached a settlement with Kohler Co. resolving alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and California law. Under the terms of the settlement, Kohler will retire unlawfully generated hydrocarbon and nitrogen emission credits. Retirement of these credits will result in approximately 3,600 tons of emissions reductions.
- Environment + Energy Leader: Kohler Company to Pay $20 Million Penalty Over Engine EmissionsExit