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Glenn Mahone/Doc Mirelson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1600)

Mark Hess
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
(Phone: 301/286-8955)

May 5, 2003
NASA Using Renewable Energy Source At Space Flight Center
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Christie Todd Whitman will open a new chapter in environmental history Thursday.

The two administrators will take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. EDT May 8 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, Md., to recognize the first federal government facility to use landfill gas for energy. Officials from Prince George’s County (PGC), Md., and Dallas-based Toro Energy, Inc., will join Administrators O'Keefe and Whitman.

To attend the event, media should contact GSFC public affairs by noon Wednesday, May 7, at: 301/286-8955. Send facsimile requests to: 301/286-1707.

PGC and Toro officials will lead a tour of the Sandy Hills Landfill in Bowie, Md., the source of the gas used at GSFC, after the event.

The landfill gas project was completed under a utility services contract between GSFC and Toro Energy, Inc. EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program is a voluntary assistance and partnership program that promotes the use of landfill gas as a renewable energy source.

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