Lewiston co. modernizes natural gas fleet

February 27, 2012 Updated Feb 27, 2012 at 8:22 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by David Bertola

February 27, 2012 Updated Feb 27, 2012 at 8:22 AM EDT

Modern Disposal Services Inc. has opened its compressed natural gas fueling station in conjunction with the purchase of 15 compressed natural gas powered garbage trucks.

The Lewiston-based company said the new station can fill 40 trucks overnight, and the company plans to have nearly 30 in use by the end of 2012, or about a quarter of its fleet.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided $1.25 million in U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities funding to help purchase the trucks and install the fueling station. The company is investing an additional $3.9 million into the project.

Compressed natural gas vehicles have lower emissions of greenhouse gases, particulates, and nitrogen oxides. The vehicles are also quieter than diesel-powered trucks.

Modern employs more than 500 in New York state and Southern Ontario.

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