Desert Hot Springs rolls out fleet of nine natural gas vehicles

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. - A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled Wednesday in Desert Hot Springs to mark the addition of nine compressed natural gas vehicles to the city's fleet under a grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

The vehicles were purchased through a more than $1 million grant from the Sentinel Mitigation Fund, which is administered by the AQMD. The fund was created as part of an agreement to help offset the impact of emissions from the Sentinel Plant in north Palm Springs.

"We are very pleased to be able to participate in local efforts to keep our air clean," Mayor Adam Sanchez said. "And very importantly, this grant allowed us to do so at no cost to the city."