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April 19, 2017   |   Fox and Hounds


423 million new opportunities for clean air now

Now there’s a golden opportunity for California to take immediate and meaningful steps to address the very issue it so often espouses – reducing these NOx emissions. The new opportunity comes in the form of $423 million from the Environmental Mitigation Trust included in “Appendix D” of the Volkswagen emissions settlement. It’s important to note that Trust funds are for offsetting emissions generated from the operation of the VW vehicles in violation, not to advance other technology agendas.

Applying settlement funds to accelerate the repowering of the very largest and oldest trucks or industrial marine and locomotive engines with new technology would yield immediate and significant NOx benefits, and do so at the lowest cost per ton. Some clean diesel options are 200 times or more cost-effective at reducing NOx than other alternative fuel strategies.

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