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EPA offers share of $5 million grant for clean school bus programs -- Application deadline August 1
Release Date: 6/26/2003
- Denver -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman announced this month the availability of a $5 million grant program to make school buses cleaner for the 24 million children who travel on a bus to and from school every day. The grants are under EPA's Clean School Bus USA initiative which is designed to limit children's exposure to the harmful effects of diesel exhaust from school buses.
Funded by Congress as part of this year's budget, EPA is offering up to 20 grants to help school districts across the country upgrade their school bus fleets, either by replacing older buses with new, cleaner ones or by retrofitting existing buses with devices that reduce diesel air pollution.
Administrator Whitman announced the Clean School Bus USA program in April as a national partnership to minimize pollution from school buses. The program also encourages policies and practices to eliminate unnecessary school bus idling.
There are roughly 440,000 school buses in the country. While statistics show that school buses are the safest way to transport children, EPA wants to ensure that they are also the cleanest. Children are especially sensitive to air pollution and diesel exhaust because their respiratory systems are still developing and they have a faster breathing rate. Reducing pollution from school buses will help improve local air quality and reduce children's exposure to diesel exhaust.
The application deadline for the EPA grants is Friday, August 1, 2003. For more information about the Clean School Bus USA program and how to apply for funding under the Clean School Bus USA grant program, visit: www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus.