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Kauffman Applauds State Funding for Natural Gas Vehicle Conversion, Acquisition in Franklin County
HARRISBURG – Franklin County is becoming a leader in the move to become more energy independent, announced Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin), who applauded today’s announcement of state grant funding being awarded to a local government and area business for the purchase of natural gas vehicles, or the conversion of existing vehicles to natural gas.

Grant funding is made possible under Act 13 of 2012, which uses money from impact fees placed on Marcellus Shale development to make grants available on a competitive basis to purchase or convert eligible vehicles to natural gas.

“This is great news,” said Kauffman. “This is precisely the type of investment we envisioned when creating and passing into law Act 13. Using the money derived from the natural gas industry to promote greater energy independence through the use of more fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles is just good common sense. I applaud the Borough of Chambersburg and Park’s Garbage Service for having the forethought to apply for and put to use this grant funding. Each institution is planning long term with the vehicle upgrades and plans to construct fueling stations.”

Park’s Garbage Service Inc. will receive $335,840 for the purchase of 15 compressed natural gas refuse trucks for use at two of its locations in Shirley Township, Huntington County, and Greene Township, Franklin County. Ten of the vehicles purchased will be used at its Greene Township location. The vehicles will replace 56 percent of the company’s current fleet of 27 diesel-powered trucks. The vehicles will be fueled by two new fast fill natural gas fueling stations planned for construction at both locations. The fueling stations will have public access for other company fleets and the general public.

The Borough of Chambersburg, along with project partners IESI Corp. and the Borough of Shippensburg, will receive $472,500 for the purchase or retrofit of 19 vehicles to operate on compressed natural gas. The vehicles include refuse and recycling trucks, a utility bucket truck and an ambulance.

The borough is also in the process of developing a new compressed natural gas fueling station adjacent to the Exit 14 interchange off Interstate 81. This project is being funded in part by a state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant of $500,000 the borough was awarded in February.

RACP grants are administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects.

Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Tricia Lehman
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