NGVAmerica Urges States to Take Advantage of Settlement
States should take advantage of the big diesel emissions settlement with Volkswagen to promote natural gas vehicles to reduce pollution, says NGVAmerica.
The association notes that the VW settlement calls for establishment of a $2.7 billion EMT/Environmental Mitigation Trust to replace older diesel trucks, buses, and off-road equipment with cleaner alternatives. It has written to all 50 governors, urging them to take advantage of “an extraordinary opportunity to promote heavy-duty clean transportation projects.”
‘A Cost-Effective Path’
NGVAmerica wants to the states “to prioritize natural gas projects as part of this effort.”
“Clean-burning, domestic natural gas fuel offers a cost-effective path to reduce these emissions that were caused by non-compliant diesel engines,” state the letters from association president Matt Godlewski.
“NGVAmerica, he told the governors, “stands ready to help you develop opportunities for funding natural gas vehicle projects.”
‘The Best Option
“Given that the EMT has been created because of pollution associated with non-compliant diesel vehicles,” Godlewski said, “we believe that the best option for states is to use the funds to support clean, alternative transportation fuels like natural gas…
“Using the available EMT funds, states have an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate the use of new, low-NOx natural gas engines.”
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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up