N.Y. Town Racks Up Federal Grants For CNG Project

The Town of Oyster Bay, N.Y., has been awarded an additional $407,970 in grant money for its ongoing compressed natural gas (CNG) project, which has included the construction of a CNG fueling station, the conversion of trucks to CNG and the purchase of CNG-ready vehicles.

According to Town Supervisor John Venditto, Oyster Bay had previously been granted $5.22 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The funds were awarded after the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition (GLICC) submitted to the DOE a consortium of Nassau-Suffolk County applications.

One of the municipalities, however, recently withdrew from the grant, and the GLICC has allocated additional monies to Oyster Bay. Venditto says the additional funds will be used to purchase six new CNG-ready vehicles.

The town's CNG fueling station, located at the Department of Public Works complex in Syosset, became operational earlier this year. Using the grant funds, Venditto says, the town has already converted 31 heavy-duty sanitation trucks to CNG and purchased 13 CNG-ready trucks.

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