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March 12, 2018 | Carolina Journal
In addition, the Diesel Technology Forum, a manufacturers trade association, on Jan. 8 sent a letter to DEQ, following up on another letter sent in October 2016 to former Gov. Pat McCrory urging use of mitigation funds to buy diesel equipment and engines.
Allen Schaeffer, Diesel Technology forum executive director, said in his letter to DEQ that federal Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Transportation studies show heavy-duty vehicles and equipment produce the highest amounts of nitrogen oxide in North Carolina. He asserts replacing them would get the biggest bang for the buck.
“The state will undoubtedly receive many arguments and proposals for investing in various alternative fuels and technologies, or charging infrastructure investments for electric vehicles,” Schaeffer wrote.
“In nearly all these cases the costs would be higher, the incremental [nitrogen oxide] benefits would be lower, and they would accrue over a longer term than any clean diesel replacement options,” he wrote.