University AutoCheck Team Test Vehicle Emissions at the Port of Corpus Christi

Published: January 06, 2014

University AutoCheck Team Test Vehicle Emissions at the Port of Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Pollution Prevention Partnership (P3) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi administered emission tests for vehicles during a CleanFleet event at the Port of Corpus Christi on December 11-12.

“We spent the two coldest days of 2013 outside helping them get baseline emissions readings on all of the Port vehicles,” said Christina Cisneros-Guzman, Program Director for the Pollution Prevention Partnership. “We tested everything from the Port’s Executive Director’s truck to the tractors the Port of Corpus Christi Authority uses to maintain their landscaping.”

P3 runs two programs, AutoCheck and CleanFleet. CleanFleet is a service P3 offers local fleet owners at no charge to help keep our local mobile emission levels within acceptable limits.  Studies show that more than 30 percent of bad emissions come from mobile sources.  By making sure their fleets are running clean, local fleet owners are taking the initiative to not only assess but also be responsible for their company’s effects on the environment and the community in which they operate. 

Partners like the Port of Corpus Christi benefit in many ways from participating in the CleanFleet program. P3 provides data that can be used to track the performance of a vehicle over time.  In addition, the numbers provided by P3 can be used in the submission of grants.

The Pollution Prevention Partnership started in 1995 to address air quality issues in Corpus Christi, an ozone near-nonattainment area. The P3 delivers a range of environmental assistance programs and services including environmental education, pollution prevention, and environmental compliance assistance to citizens, schools, businesses, industry, and governments throughout the Coastal Bend.