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Ohio EPA Awards Clean Diesel School Bus Grants

Children in four Ohio school districts will benefit from Ohio EPA grants awarded to install pollution control equipment on 32 buses and idle reduction technology on 45 buses as part of Ohio EPA’s Clean Diesel School Bus Grant program.

A total of $151,232 was awarded to reduce children’s exposure to pollutants in diesel exhaust. The equipment is expected to eliminate 150 pounds of fine particle pollution and more than 2,164 pounds of nitrogen oxides. These benefits will compound every year that these buses are in service.

Grant recipients include:

  • Buckeye Central Local School District, Crawford County, $17,558 to install emission reduction equipment on four buses and anti-idling equipment on five additional buses;
  • Huber Heights City Schools, Montgomery County, $98,152 to install emission controls onto six buses and anti-idling equipment on 40 additional buses;
  • Oregon City Schools, Lucas County, $22,358 to install emission controls on 14 buses; and
  • Tiffin City Schools, Seneca County, $13,164 to install emission controls on eight buses.

Retrofitting school buses reduces fine particle pollution in diesel exhaust by between 20 and 90 percent, depending on the type of control equipment installed.

Fine particles, known as particulates, can aggravate respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. Children are most susceptible to this kind of air pollution because their lungs and respiratory systems are still developing.

Ohio EPA established the Clean Diesel School Bus Fund in 2006 to encourage school districts to install pollution controls on diesel school buses, and use cleaner fuel to reduce air emissions and improve air quality. More than $7.7 million has been awarded to install pollution control equipment on 2,511school buses and idle reduction equipment on 845 buses, removing more than 100 tons of pollutants from the air. The next grant application deadline is Sept. 1, 2013.

Priority is given to applicants in areas that do not meet federal air quality standards for fine particulates, and to districts that employ additional measures such as anti-idling programs to reduce emissions from school bus fleets.

Applications can be found online and more information is available from the Office of Environmental Education at (614) 644-2873.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. In the past 40 years, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.


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