Group names clean air villains

| Tuesday, July 01, 2003

The nonprofit Clean Air Trust named four trucking company executives as "Clean Air Villains of the Month" for June 2003.

Adding insult to injury, the group also said American Trucking Associations President Bill Graves, a former Republican governor of Kansas and friend of President Bush, “would do well to urge his members to do something patriotic for the Fourth … namely, stop whining and act right.”

The executives – Donald Schneider, chairman of Schneider National Inc., D. Joseph Fleming, president of Falcon Transport, Glenn Brown, chief executive officer of Contract Freighters Inc., and Kevin Knight, chairman of Knight Transportation – earned the dubious distinction by urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to delay truck pollution standards due to take effect in 2007, according to a press release.

The release said “these tour haulers of the Apocalypse issued the call for delay during an American Trucking Associations' diesel emission ‘summit’ in Phoenix earlier this month.”

The release said there’s no need for the trucking industry to panic. “Diesel engine makers and the pollution equipment industry are on track to produce products that will meet the standards,” the group said.

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