U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has awarded an $86,353 grant to the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District in Ontario, Wis., for a project to cut diesel emissions from the district's 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 educate its staff and the public on the importance of clean-air practices.
"The project with the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District is one of many EPA projects nationwide to upgrade buses so students can breathe cleaner air and live healthier lives," said Regional Administrator Mary A. Gade. "Breathing diesel exhaust is not good for anyone, especially children."
The grant is part of EPA's Clean School Bus USA program. The goal of the program is to reduce children's exposure to diesel exhaust and the amount of air pollution created by diesel school buses. School buses are the safest way for children to get to school. However, pollution from diesel vehicles has health implications for everyone.
Launched in April 2003, Clean School Bus USA brings together partners from business, education, transportation and public health organizations to eliminate unnecessary school bus idling, retrofit buses and replace the oldest buses with new, less polluting buses.