EPA announced the availability of $7 million to school districts around the nation for projects designed to lower diesel emissions in school bus fleets. Of these, seven of the projects are located in Region 5. The projects will replace older diesel school buses with new, less-polluting models and retrofit others with emissions control technology and cleaner fuels.
American Lung Association of Metropolitan ChicagoAwarded a $94,876 grant to the American Lung Association for reducing diesel school bus emissions in Greater Chicago, which includes Green Oaks, Mundelein, Grayslake and Ingleside. U.S. EPA Clean School Bus USA funds will be used in conjunction with grantee funds for the installation of diesel oxidation catalysts and crank-case filtration devices on 43 diesel school buses. In addition, best no-idling practices within the districts will be implemented.
TaylorvilleAwarded a $105,680 to Taylorville Community Unit Schools District #3, to be used to reduce school bus diesel emissions in conjunction with funds from the Illinois EPA and the grantee. The project will retrofit a total of 26 school buses with diesel particulate filters, 13 of which are being funded by U.S. EPA's Clean School Bus program.
Fort WayneAwarded a $50,000 grant to Fort Wayne, Indiana Community Schools, to be used in conjunction with resources from the grantee, to help retrofit school buses in two school districts: Fort Wayne Community Schools and Southwest Allen County Schools. The districts will install diesel oxidation catalysts on 30 buses, and together the districts will use biodiesel fuel in 372 buses.
Next EnergyAwarded a $95,000 grant to Next Energy Center to help reduce diesel emissions from school districts located in Southern Michigan. The schools districts are: Hamilton Community Schools, Hamilton; Hartland Consolidated Schools and Howell Public Schools, Howell; and the Edwardsburg School District, Edwardsburg. The grant, along with resources from the participating school districts, will be used to purchase diesel oxidation catalysts for 58 school buses in areas that do not meet the health-based outdoor air quality standard for ozone (smog).
TuscolaAwarded a $50,000 grant to the Tuscola Intermediate School District, Caro, Mich., to help retrofit school buses with diesel emission controls and to help buy biodiesel fuel for Tuscola and three other nearby school districts. The other school districts are: Cass City Public Schools, Cass City; Vassar Public Schools, Vassar; and Millington Community Schools, Millington. Seventy-five buses will be affected by the grant. Diesel oxidation catalysts will be installed on 24 of the buses and biodiesel fuel will be used in all of them.
Minnesota Environmental InitiativeAwarded a $42,806 grant to Minnesota Environmental Initiative for retrofitting 40 school buses with diesel oxidation catalysts and closed crankcase filters. Additional resources are being provided by the grantee, participating school districts and other funding sources.
WorthingtonAwarded a $74,000 grant to Worthington, Ohio, City Schools. U.S. EPA Clean School Bus USA funds will be used in conjunction with grantee funds to retrofit 26 buses with diesel oxidation catalysts and closed crankcase filters and to replace an older school bus.
Middleton/Cross PlainsAwarded $50,000 to Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. Two participating districts (Middleton-Cross Plains and Denmark) will retrofit about 59 buses with Diesel Oxidation Catalysts. The school districts will contribute resources to help retrofit the buses and is receiving support through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions School Bus Biodiesel (Wi DPI fund) for biodiesel fuel price adjustment funds.