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Mountain Valley Express President Scott Blevins talks about the firm's efforts to go green. Additional photo on Page 3.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/

POSTED June 8, 2009 12:31 a.m.
Mountain Valley Express has been going green.
By that, the regional Manteca-based company with a fleet of 170 tractors and trailers including 60 locally recently partnered with U.S. EPA-certified SmartWay.
President Scott Blevins noted Friday that MVE is committed to operating cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles.
His trucks operate on diesel engines.
“We now have a no engine idling policy with annual smoke testing (on diesel engines) to make sure our trucks are not emitting exhaust smoke into the air,” said Blevins.
Another 19 of the trucks are already equipped with the DPF or Diesel Particulate Filter – an oxidant catalyst and EGR value retrofitted to remove a majority of soot and unburned hydrocarbons from burned diesel fuel – necessary by the state on all such vehicles by 2011.
Those trucks also feature the California Clean Air Vehicle logo.
As part of state regulation, MVE is involved in universal waste recycling of tires, batteries, antifreeze and filters along with the storm water program.
The latter assures that no pollutants are washed away or drained into the water supply.
 For its efforts and more, MVE achieved a top SmartWay score of 1.25.
“The score was based on overall carbon production,” Blevins said.
MVE has nine locations, including Nevada and Arizona with connections to the southeast territory of the U.S.
The local trucking company was established in 1976 and also has an impeccable safety record for the past 10 years.
In that span, MVE has racked up numerous first-place awards in its division with the California Trucking Association, according to Blevins.
He credits the accident-free numbers to the injury prevention programs.
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