April 2008

$86,353 awarded for school bus project

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has awarded an $86,353 grant to the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District in Ontario, Wisconsin, for a project to cut emissions from their school buses.

EPA said the grant will be used to retrofit nine school buses with emission-reducing diesel oxidation catalysts and crankcase filtration systems. In addition, the district will use idle reduction technologies on 10 buses, replace one bus with a new, low-emission bus and teach the importance of clean-air practices.

Launched in April 2003, Clean School Bus USA brings together partners from business, education, transportation and public health organizations to reduce bus emissions.

The grant was provided under the Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative to reduce diesel emissions in the Midwest.