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Clean School Bus USA Grant Competition

Release Date: 08/06/2003
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Cathy Milbourn 202-564-7824 /

(08/06/03) EPA has received an overwhelming response to a new grants program designed to reduce pollution from school buses. About $5 million in grants are being offered as part of EPA’s Clean School Bus USA initiative to help school districts outfit buses with advanced emission control systems, buy cleaner fuels, and replace the oldest buses with new ones. The Agency has received 116 applications from across the country as a result of the grant solicitation which opened on June 13 and closed on Aug. 1. Clean School Bus USA has three goals: eliminate unnecessary school bus idling; retrofit school buses with modern pollution controls, and replace the oldest buses with new, cleaner buses. School buses provide the safest way for children to get to school, but many fleets are old and are not equipped with technology that is quickly becoming standard for new vehicles. Through a coalition of government, community, business, educational, health, and environmental leaders, Clean School Bus USA seeks to provide the cleanest possible transportation to this generation of school children. For more information, go to: .