Nearly four years ago, the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal erupted. It led to a settlement of over $14 billion with $2.9 billion earmarked for the Environmental Mitigation Trust (EMT) to fund projects that reduce nitrogen oxides — harmful emissions regulated under federal air quality standards because they are known to be harmful to human health and to the environment.
Monthly Archives: September 2020
Be In the Know About Autogas
Explore the Propane Education & Resource Council’s new propane autogas resources webpage. The comprehensive site offers the latest information to stay educated on all things propane school bus. Resources include the differences between propane buses and other fuel sources; advantages of propane autogas for schools; fueling, case studies; Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust information; a savings calculator; and more. Be sure to sign up to receive PERC’s e-newsletter, The Autogas Refuel, for the latest news.
On August 26, 2020, Washington County Schools (WCS) celebrated the addition of five new propane-powered school buses to their fleet through a ribbon-cutting and “big check” presentation event. In late 2019, WCS applied for and won $102,500 towards their efforts to replace older diesel buses through the Tennessee’s “Reducing Diesel Emissions for a Healthier Tennessee” (RDE4HT) Rebate Program. The five new propane buses were received in June and July, checked and tested by WCS transportation staff and started use in recent weeks. Jonathan Overly of the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition served as the event emcee.