Florida County reduces school bus emissions
Buses will prevent 2.5 tons of pollution from
contaminating the air
Sanford, FL— Through a partnership
with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP),
Seminole County dedicated nine school buses with newly installed
pollution controls that will significantly reduce air emissions.
Seminole County School Board outfitted the buses with pollution
control devices that will eliminate more than 2.5 tons of air
pollution during the remaining life of the buses.
The County retrofitted the school
buses with catalysts and ventilators that will significantly reduce
particulate matter and other pollutants by changing them into
water vapor and carbon dioxide. The pollution control devices
will reduce particulate matter by up to 50 percent, hydrocarbon
emissions by more than 70 percent and carbon monoxide emissions
by more than 85 percent.
Installing the pollution control
devices cost approximately $1,300 per bus, with funding provided
by DEP’s Central District office. In addition to the emission
controls on the buses, Seminole County established an idling reduction
program that further reduces emissions throughout its entire fleet.
Reducing unnecessary idling can improve air quality, save fuel
and reduce excess engine wear.