WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2017 - The state of Colorado intends to put $68.7 million from the Volkswagen “clean diesel” lawsuit towards increasing use of clean fuel technologies. The state Department of Public Health and Environment drafted a plan which maximizes emission benefits for citizens, replacing older trucks and buses with cleaner alternative fuel vehicles. “Investing in commercially available natural-gas vehicle technology is the most cost-effective way to fully maximize nitrogen oxide reductions in both public and private fleets,” said NGVAmerica (Natural Gas Vehicles for America) President Daniel Gage. A total of $2.9 billion has been set aside for states to address the thousands of tons of excess nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution generated by non-compliant diesel vehicles. The terms of the agreements reached by the states, the U.S. government, and Volkswagen set broad guidelines for how the funds are to be used and establish specific types of projects that are eligible for funding.
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