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Nebraska to use Volkswagen emissions settlement money on cleaner diesel engines

September 6, 2018

Nebraska will use its first installment of Volkswagen settlement money to help individuals and local entities replace five diesel garbage trucks and six diesel irrigation engines.

The $287,243 from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund will be paired with federal grants to make the equipment change-outs more affordable. The purchases are intended to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions as a way of offsetting the pollution that Volkswagen had initially denied causing.

Receiving financial help to replace garbage trucks: Gretna Sanitation of Gretna, S2 Roll-Offs and Refuse of Fremont, and Waste Connections in Omaha.

Receiving assistance to replace diesel irrigation engines with electric motors or direct electric connections are Cockerill Fertilizer, Logan County; Robert Fuchtman, Creighton; Mike Phillips, Lisco; James Riley, Wood River; Frederick Schultz, Clearwater; and Thies Farms Central, Merrick County.

Nebraska expects to receive additional payments. As a part of the U.S. District Court settlement against Volkswagen in 2016, Nebraska became eligible to receive $12.25 million from the VW Trust Fund.

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