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U.S. Steel Corp. receives state grants

| Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, 2:36 a.m.

U.S. Steel Corp. is one of 33 recipients of Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants announced on Thursday by Gov. Tom Corbett's administration.

U.S. Steel will get $52,618 from the state Department of Environmental Protection to convert eight vehicles to run on compressed natural gas available at a fueling station at the Mon Valley Works Irvin Plant in West Mifflin. The $1 million compressed natural gas fueling station was opened on Sept. 7, 2011, by officials of U.S. Steel and Chesapeake Energy Corp.

When it opened, the Mon Valley Works had five vehicles that had been converted to run on compressed natural gas.

Then-Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon said a natural gas vehicle could be filled up for 75 cents per gallon, while U.S. Steel's then-CEO John Surma said vehicles converted to run on natural gas showed a savings of 60 cents per mile over vehicles that use gasoline or diesel fuel.

Other DEP grants announced on Thursday went to companies, counties and organizations making the switch to compressed or liquefied natural gas or propane.

Grants are issued annually as an incentive for transportation projects aimed at reducing air emissions.

Acting Secretary of Environmental Protection Chris Abruzzo said the fuel incentive grants as well as an upcoming round of Act 13 grants “allow us to make the most of our abundant natural gas resources, edging us closer to energy independence while helping to improve our air quality.”

Thursday's grants will help pay for the conversion or purchase of 351 natural gas vehicles and 337 propane vehicles weighing less than 14,000 pounds, while supporting 30 existing and 15 new fueling stations.

Other projects will be funded in Adams, Armstrong, Bradford, Butler, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Columbia, Crawford, Dauphin, Delaware, Greene, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Pike, Washington and York counties.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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