Funding for the vehicles comes from a Penn Environment air quality settlement
Carroll Township, PA, April 13th, 2021– Carroll Township has a new clean, low-emission Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle serving the citizens of the community, thanks to a grant from a $300,000 Vehicle Emissions Reduction Fund housed at The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County (CFWC). The Fund was created from a settlement obtained by Penn Environment from ArcelorMittal, the former operator of a coke plant in Monessen, PA.
Penn Environment choose The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County to administer the fund because of the Foundation’s knowledge of community issues and connections to the neighborhoods. The goal is to fund projects that improve air quality and reduce vehicle emissions in the communities affected by air pollution from the coke plant. CFWC partnered with The Mon Valley Alliance (MVA) to identify community needs and assist in developing a strategy and an application process for distributing Vehicle Emission Reduction Fund grants.
“This newest clean Police vehicle will join four other clean energy vehicles placed into service last year protecting and serving our residents and businesses, while promoting clean air in the Mid Mon Valley,” said Ben Brown, CEO of the MVA.
“This vehicle will equip our department with the latest technology needed for our officers to perform their duties in the township, while also setting an example in the region that we can all play a role in reducing emissions.” said Carroll Township Police Chief, Paul Brand