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Arlington Receives $275,656 for New, Cleaner DPW Trucks

Funding comes from MassDEP as part of the Volkswagen Settlement Grant.

Post Date:02/20/2020 6:18 PM
The Baker-Polito Administration announced on December 20, 2019, that the Town of Arlington will receive a $275,656 grant to purchase three new, cleaner diesel trucks for the Department of Public Works (DPW). The grant is funded from the Massachusetts share of a court settlement with Volkswagen, which had admitted wrongdoing in a scheme to falsify vehicle emissions data to make their vehicles appear less polluting. 

Arlington is one of 30 recipients that will receive funding this year from the grant program, which is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The funding will be used to purchase one diesel dump truck and two diesel short haul trucks, replacing older trucks, one of which is 24 years old. The new trucks will collectively use more than 800 fewer gallons of diesel annually, resulting in both cost savings and substantial reductions in airborne pollutants.

“This funding will allow the Department of Public Works to replace three older, trucks with newer models that are not only less polluting, but less expensive to operate due to greater fuel efficiency and lower maintenance. We are grateful for this award and welcome these important additions to our fleet,” said Michael Rademacher, Director of Public Works.

“DPW vehicles play a crucial role in maintaining our roads and infrastructure,” said Arlington Town Manager, Adam Chapdelaine. “It is wonderful to know that our fleet is getting cleaner and less expensive to operate thanks to this grant, which is yet another step forward in our efforts to green the entire Town vehicle fleet.”

Arlington’s award is a portion of $7.5 million that Massachusetts awarded in 2019. This is the first cycle of Massachusetts’ plan to spend its $75 million share of the $2.9 billion settlement between Volkswagen (VW) and the United States Department of Justice for VW’s skirting of federal vehicle emissions standards for nitrogen oxides (NOx).

“Massachusetts continues to be a leader in the effort to reduce harmful emissions from diesel trucks, buses and other engines,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides (an Arlington resident). “With these grants, communities will be able to deliver municipal services in a more environmentally friendly way and private companies will help spread the advancement of modern clean-vehicle technology.”

The successful grant application was prepared by Michael Rademacher, Director of Public Works, and Ken Pruitt, Energy and Project Manager, of Arlington’s Department of Planning and Community Development.

The full list of grant recipients can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/list-of-volkswagen-settlement-open-solicitation-grant-recipients-december-2019/download
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