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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- H.E. Butt Grocery Co. is taking point on the environmental front, as one of the first recipients of grants being distributed in Texas to help companies upgrade their forklifts and reduce harmful emissions of smog-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx).
The $2 million statewide program is funded through the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) by the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP).
Texas' Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones presented $39,530 in grants to H-E-B last week to purchase five new, low-emission forklifts fueled by clean-burning propane gas.
"We are very proud to have been selected to receive the first Clean Air Grant in the San Antonio area as part of the Railroad Commission's Forklift Initiative Program," said Ken Allen, H-E-B s.v.p., supply chain and logistics, in a statement. "The integrity of the air is extremely important to H-E-B, and this grant will enable us to save energy, lower emissions, and ultimately work toward improving the air quality in San Antonio."
Under the RRC program, forklift owners receive an incentive to send their old lifts to the scrap yard and replace them with new lifts that meet the latest federal emissions standards. A forklift with typical operating hours could be eligible for an incentive of about $7,500.