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Brian Ellis

A measure aimed at promoting the transition to natural gas vehicles in Pennsylvania was introduced last week in the state House of Representatives.

The legislation, co-sponsored by Rep.

Brian Ellis, R-11th, would set aside grants from a portion of funds in the Clean Air Fund to encourage the use of natural gas vehicles and increase Pennsylvania’s compressed natural gas filling station network.The proposal aims to provide incentives for the conversion of commercial vehicle fleets to natural gas in an effort to clean up the environment and reduce dependency on foreign oil.Converting just one heavy-duty waste truck from diesel to natural gas offers the emissions reduction equivalent of taking 325 gasoline-powered cars off the road, according to Rep.

Stan Saylor, R-York, who introduced the bill.When compared to gasoline, Saylor noted, natural gas vehicles reduce carbon monoxide emissions by 90 percent and nitrogen oxides by 50 percent while virtually eliminating soot.———High school students interested in learning about conservation and careers in natural resources can attend the Exploring Careers Outdoors Camp, sponsored by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, state Rep.

Jaret Gibbons, D-10th, recently announced.ECO Camp is a free, weeklong residential camp for students to experience hands-on activities learning about land, water, forests and wildlife at state parks and forests.“This is a great opportunity for high school students who are considering a career working outdoors or if they want to learn more about nature,” Gibbons said. “Students get to enjoy camping, fishing and kayaking while they learn.”ECO Camp is located at Kirby House near the Nescopeck State Park about 10 miles south of Wilkes-Barre. The highlight of the week is an overnight camping trip.Students must submit an application and an essay about their interest in the outdoors. To be eligible for ECO Camp students must be Pennsylvania residents in 10th through 12th grades and have a minimum of a “C” average.Gibbons said applications are available at his Ellwood City district office at 309 Fifth St., and must be submitted to DCNR by April 1.