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Oyster Bay gets another $400k for CNG project

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

The town had previously been awarded $5,223,529 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding through the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles Pilot Program.

The town applied for the money as part of a consortium of Nassau-Suffolk municipalities, Supervisor John Venditto said, and one of the municipalities withdrew its application. That made additional money available to the town, which used it to purchase six CNG-ready vehicles.

The town’s CNG fueling station, located at the Department of Public Works complex in Syosset, began operating earlier this year.

With grant money, the town has converted to CNG 31 heavy-duty sanitation trucks, which are also used for snow removal operations, and purchased 13 CNG-ready sanitation trucks.

Another five trucks were repowered under a grant that came from the U.S. Department of Transportation-Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, bringing the fleet of CNG trucks to 49.

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