10/12/17
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: James Lee
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron

Ohio EPA Holding Oct. 26 Hearing to Discuss Rules for New Alternative Fuels Vehicles Grants Program

Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, regarding rules related for the Agency’s new Alternative Fuels Vehicles grant program.

The hearing begins at 10:30 a.m. at Ohio EPA’s Central Office in the Lazarus Government Center, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. Ohio EPA will accept oral and written comments about the proposed rules. Please register to present testimony by calling (614) 644-2160. Visitors to the building must present a photo ID.

The rules create a new program to award grants for a portion of the costs to convert or replace diesel-powered and gasoline-powered large vehicles to run on alternative fuels. Grants will reimburse business owners and local governments that own gasoline or diesel vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or more for a portion of the cost of converting vehicles to run on compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas or propane autogas, including dual-fueled vehicles that can use both alternative fuels and gasoline or diesel.

Comments on the rules may be presented at the hearing, or submitted in writing to Ohio EPA, Office of Environmental Education, Attention: Carolyn Watkins, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or by emailing carolyn.watkins@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period ends by close of business Oct. 26. After considering public comments, Ohio EPA will make any necessary changes and follow the process to finalize the rules. 

For more information on the program and the proposed rules, visit http://epa.ohio.gov/oee/EnvironmentalEducation.aspx#131365076-alternative-fuel-vehicle-grants.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.


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