ACOG Awards Public Fleet Clean Air Grant Winners
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) Board of Directors recently approved $250,712 of Public Fleet Clean Air Grant Funding for public-sector fleet alternative fuel vehicle and fueling infrastructure projects. The City of Midwest City, The City of Moore, The City of Norman, and Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority (OEMA) were awarded funds to defray costs related to the purchase of new compressed natural gas (CNG) refuse trucks and electric vehicle charging infrastructure projects.
All awarded projects will contribute to the reduction in emissions that cause ozone pollution: volatile organic compounds (VOCs), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), as well as particulate matter. Reduction of these pollutants can lead to positive public health outcomes for Central Oklahomans. It is estimated that these projects will reduce these criteria pollutants by 326.20 pounds annually.
Applicants were scored in a competitive grant process based on air pollution emission reductions through replacement of older high-mileage vehicles with new alternative fuel vehicles or new alternative fueling infrastructure. Some of the projects are potentially utilizing state Volkswagen Settlement funding as cost share.
The ACOG Public Fleet Clean Air Grant program is funded through the Congestion Mitigation of Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program. This program provides a flexible funding source for state and local governments to fund transportation projects to help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act and its amendments.
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