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Athens opens area's first CNG public filling station

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Athens expects to save about $20,000 in fuel over 10 years with CNG-fueled garbage trucks. Source: City of Athens Athens expects to save about $20,000 in fuel over 10 years with CNG-fueled garbage trucks. Source: City of Athens
ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -

The city of Athens opened the area's first compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station Wednesday morning.

It is the only CNG station between Birmingham and Nashville. City leaders say it's a way to save money while "going green."

It takes $1.65 of CNG to match the mileage per one gallon of gas.

Athens has six city-owned vehicles that run on compressed natural gas in its fleet, and officials plan on getting more.

"We'll be somewhere in the $90,000 to $100,000 savings per year," said Mayor Ronnie Marks. "And then, as we look at our fleet management -in other words, when we roll in other vehicles, particularly the big vehicles - we're going to look at why wouldn't you go to compressed natural gas?"

The station cost more than $600,000 to build.

And it isn't just for city vehicles - anyone can use it.

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