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First Natural Gas powered vehicle arrives at Lebanon Gas Department

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Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) converts natural gas into fuel to power vehicles. The City of Lebanon Gas Department is leading the way into the future with its first conversion of an existing service vehicle to run on CNG, a clean efficient fuel made inAmerica.The vehicle arrived at Lebanon Gas department December 17, 2012.

Lebanonis the firstMiddle Tennessee Municipalityto install a time-fill two (2) vehicle station at their Gas Department. This station will fuel the newly converted service truck and a second truck that will be purchased.

In this tight economy finding new ways to save money is always at the forefront. Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead indicates this is one way we can make a difference both financially as well as being environmentally friendly, GREEN. Mayor Craighead commented that as conversion costs become more attractive and gasoline and diesel costs rise the transition to CNG vehicles will become a feasible alternative for much of the City fleet, many businesses and hopefully local car and truck owners. Jerry Snodgrass, Gas Department Manager, says, Operating vehicles fueled by CNG will save the department thousands of dollars per year in operating costs which in the end saves our customers money.

Mr. Snodgrass also stated, I want to thank Mayor Craighead and members of the City Council for supporting this groundbreaking initiative to save money, our environment and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Baines believes several other vehicles within the City fleet can and will be converted to run on Natural Gas once the City is positioned to install a Fast Fill station similar to fuel pumps operated at local gas stations. Sanitation trucks are on the top of Baines' list to be converted or purchased to use CNG.

If you want to learn more about CNG vehicles please call or come by the City of Lebanon Gas Department, 1017 Sparta Pike, office hours M F 7:00am 4:00pm, 443-2835.

What are the benefits of using Natural Gas?

Compared with vehicles fueled with conventional diesel and gasoline, natural gas vehicles can produce significantly lower amounts of harmful emissions such as nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and toxic and carcinogenic pollutants as well as the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

Reduces carbon monoxide emissions 90%-97%

Reduces carbon dioxide emissions 25%

Reduces nitrogen oxide emissions 35%-60%

Potentially reduces non-methane hydrocarbon emissions 50%-75% Emits fewer toxic and carcinogenic pollutants Emits little or no particulate matter Eliminates evaporative emissions

As automakers have improved the emissions performance of gasoline vehicles to keep pace with stricter emissions regulations, improvements in CNG vehicles have kept their emissions performance ahead of the pack

Individuals needing auxiliary aids for effective communication and/or other reasonable accommodation in programs and services of the City of Lebanon are invited to make their needs known to the ADA Compliance Coordinator by calling 443-8610.

The City of Lebanon is an equal opportunity entity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, national origin, religion or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, activities, or in its hiring or employment practices.

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