CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. —The Borough of Chambersburg and an area business have been awarded state funding to purchase natural gas vehicles or convert existing vehicles to natural gas.
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, according to a news release from state Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland.
Franklin County, the news release stated.
Franklin County is becoming a leader in efforts to become more energy independent, Kauffman said in the news release.
Grant funding comes from 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.
"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," Kauffman said.
Ten of Park's Garbage Service's 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 news release stated.
The company plans to build natural gas filling stations at both sites and provide public access to them. The Borough of Chambersburg is planning for a public station off Exit 14 of Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania.