Mayor Ron Meer announced that the Michigan City Sanitary District will be receiving a grant of $171,133 from the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Committee to help fund the purchase of three new CNG powered dump trucks, which will emit very low amounts of greenhouse gas, especially as compared to diesel powered vehicles. The funds supporting this award are provided through Volkswagen’s commitments in a national consent decree. The district applied for these funds in June of 2019.
“Michigan City and the Sanitary District have made strong commitments to environmental protection, especially clean air,” said Meer. “The Environmental Mitigation Trust Committee received requests totaling $27 million for the $9.86 million available, and the Sanitary District was awarded these funds because of the strong application submitted that highlighted its previous commitment to its CNG station and increasing fleet of CNG powered vehicles.”
Since Mayor Meer took office in 2012, the Sanitary District has received a total amount of Grant Funding for its CNG refueling station and CNG vehicles of $633,633.00. “The district currently operates 11 CNG powered vehicles that reduce greenhouse gas and other pollutant emissions by over 10,000 pounds per year!” added Michael Kuss, General Manager of the Sanitary District.
The trucks will primarily be used by the Refuse Department and will replace vehicles that are over 20 years old, diesel fueled, and in need of renewal. The Sanitary District has until December 2020 to use the matching $171,133 for the purchase of the new natural gas vehicles, which are expected to cost about $220,000 each.
Source: Michigan City