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$7.5 Million Available in Clean School Bus Grants

Release Date: 05/27/2005
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Contact: John Millett, 202-564-4355/ millett.john@epa.gov

(05/27/05) Grants of $7.5 million are available from EPA to help make school buses run cleaner. Under EPA's Clean School Bus program, the agency expects to provide 20 to 30 grants to school districts across the country to upgrade their diesel school bus fleets. The upgrades would come from replacing older buses with new, cleaner ones, or by retrofitting existing buses with devices and cleaner fuels that reduce diesel air pollution. There are roughly 440,000 school buses in the country. Reducing pollution from school buses helps improve local air quality and reduces children's exposure to diesel exhaust. The application deadline for the EPA grants is Friday, July 22, 2005. For more information about the program and examples of successful projects, visit: http://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus . For information on how to apply for funding under the Clean School Bus USA grant program, visit: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html#0513. EPA expects to announce the awards in fall 2005.