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​Mecklenburg County Receives Funding to Replace Three Solid Waste Trucks

8/13/2020

Mecklenburg County has received $570,387 from the North Carolina Volkswagen (VW) Mitigation Trust Fund to replace three Solid Waste trucks. The new trucks will decrease emissions by more than 90% as compared to the older models. 

The trucks will collect recycling from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, so school children will directly benefit from these emission reduction projects. By reducing our fleet emissions and improving air quality, the project can have a positive impact on this vulnerable population’s health. 

"Mecklenburg County Air Quality spearheaded the effort to identify air quality improvement projects and submit the application in partnership with other Land Use and Environmental Services Agency divisions and departments across the county. This project will reduce ozone-forming NOx in Mecklenburg County,” said Leslie Rhodes, LUESA Division Director.

This funding is available through the VW Settlement Mitigation Trust Fund, which was established to mitigate the excess vehicle pollution resulting from emission control overrides installed on some VW vehicles. Volkswagen intentionally programmed turbocharged direct injection diesel engines to activate their emissions controls only during regulatory testing (meeting US standards), but they emit up to 40 times more nitrous oxide in real-world driving (exceeding US standards). 

Part of the agreed upon settlement was that Volkswagen would provide billions of dollars to fund projects that will reduce the excess pollution caused by the emissions control overrides. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is responsible for administering the N.C. Volkswagen Settlement Program. 


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