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August 2007

EPA awards $100,000 to Minnesota initiative

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5’s Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative has awarded almost $100,000 to the Minnesota Environmental Initiative’s Project Green Fleet to help retrofit at least 100 diesel-powered school buses and 19 heavy-duty diesel trucks in Minnesota public fleets with emission reduction equipment.

The school districts getting bus grants are Bloomington, Duluth, Eden Prairie, Edina, Saint Louis Park, Saint Paul, and Independent School District 196 serving the Rosemount, Apple Valley and Eagan areas. Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Independent own their own buses, and the rest have bus contractors.

The cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Washington and Hennepin counties will get heavy-duty diesel truck retrofits for 15 vehicles, and private firms working on the new Twins stadium construction will get retrofits for four vehicles.