The California Air Resources Board signed off on a decade-long "clean technology" plan back on May 25 funded by $423 million given to the agency via the National VW Environmental Trust, which is funded by a settlement made between German automaker Volkswagen, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and CARB.
The agency said it plans to invest that $423 million primarily in zero-emission replacement units for heavy duty trucks, buses, and equipment. There is also money to reduce emissions at freight facilities and marine projects, while fostering light-duty electric vehicle charging stations, CARB said.
Senate Bill 92, passed last year, also requires that a minimum of 35 percent of the mitigation investment must benefit "disadvantaged communities." Thus CARB said its plan invests about 50 percent of its $423 million in such communities.
In terms of specific investments in certain types of vehicles, CARB said it plans to spend:
The plan will be submitted to the environmental fund's trustee before the first actual withdrawal is made from the trust fund, CARB added.
A "record-setting" $600 million is being targeted on transportation projects across Nebraska over the next five years as part of a road and bridge building plan recently given the go-ahead by Gov. Pete Ricketts
July 13, 2018
From issuing new debt bonds as well as grant awards, states from Maine to California continue efforts to beef up their investments in transportation infrastructure and services.
The Arizona Department of Transportation said that an eight-month-old K-9 program being piloted by the agency's enforcement and compliance division is getting results, helping officers identify and seize drugs at two major "port of entry" locations.