Cities, counties join fight for environmental initiatives

Cities, counties join fight for environmental initiatives
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Monday, April 22, 2013 - 3:31pm

Earth Day was a quarter century old in 1994 when the News-Journal published a special section describing grass-roots recycling and clean-air advocacy by neighborhoods whose residents weren’t waiting on government to take the lead.

Today’s 44th Earth Day dawns on East Texan initiative that still thrives. Now, though, local governments have caught on that green is good policy.

“We took delivery Wednesday of a large, Peterbilt dump truck — a 13-yard dump truck — with a Cummins Westport compressed natural gas engine,” Harrison County Judge Hugh Taylor said Thursday, announcing the arrival of a new breed of vehicle he hopes proves its worth and spurs further green investment.

“We’ve already used the fueling facility with this truck,” he said of a new compressed natural gas pump on Interstate 20 off U.S. 59.

Independence Fuel Systems, a Longview-area startup, is putting similar CNG pumps at Shell stations on I-20 at Texas 42 and west of Canton.

Taylor’s counterpart in Longview, Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt, has spent much of his 10 years in office enlisting government and industry in clean air efforts as co-chairman of the North East Texas Air Care coalition of counties.

Continue reading this story from KETK newspaper partner the Longview News-Journal here.

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