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    Cleaner School Buses Mean Healthier Kids

    Release date:02/21/2006
    Contact Information: Roxanne Smith, 202-564-4355 / smith.roxanne@epa.gov

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    (Tucson, Ariz.-Feb. 20, 2006) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide local communities around the country with more than $7 million in grants to reduce kids' exposure to harmful exhaust from their school buses. The grants will help fund the cleanup of more than 500 tons of diesel emissions from 4000 school buses nationwide.

    "Today's clean school bus grants mean that the only thing pouring out of school buses will be students – not diesel emissions," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "President Bush and EPA are committed to making that black puff of diesel smoke from school buses something you only read about in history books."

    EPA awarded 37 grants totaling $7.5 million as part of the Clean School Bus USA program, which reduces children's exposure to diesel exhaust. The initiative encourages policies and practices to eliminate unnecessary school bus idling, the installation of effective emission control systems on newer buses and the replacement of the oldest buses with cleaner diesel or compressed natural gas powered buses. The grant recipients are contributing an additional $13 million in matching funds and in-kind services.

    Johnson made the announcement in Arizona accompanied by local officials of the Tucson Unified School District. Tucson is matching its $500,000 EPA grant with $6.5 million it raised towards the purchase of more than 60 new compressed natural gas buses. The effort will improve the air quality for 67,000 students and school employees. The school district operates 308 buses that ferry 16,000 children to and from school, traveling 4.7 million miles annually.

    For more information about the list of grantees visit: http://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/funding.htm

    For more information about Clean School Bus USA visit: http://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus

    Clean School Bus USA 2005 Projects
    (In alphabetical order by state)

    Arizona
    Tucson Unified School District

    California
    Napa Valley Unified School District
    Sweetwater Union High School District
    Visalia Unified School District
    Windsor Unified School District

    Colorado
    Cherry Creek Schools
    Huerfano School District

    Connecticut
    Regional School District No. 18
    Town of Fairfield School District

    Florida
    School Board of Pinellas County

    Georgia
    Bibb County Board of Education

    Idaho
    Basin School District

    Kentucky
    Campbell County School District

    Louisiana
    St. Charles Parish Public Schools

    Maine
    Maine School Administrative District No. 57

    Michigan
    Okemos Public Schools
    Traverse City Area Public Schools

    Missouri
    Kansas City School District No. 33

    Nebraska
    Omaha Public Schools

    New York
    Greece Central School District
    Sachem School District
    Ulster Board of Cooperative Education Services

    Ohio
    Bexley City School District
    Cleveland Municipal School District
    Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation

    Oklahoma
    Crutcho Public Schools

    Oregon
    Eugene School District

    Pennsylvania
    Chester County Intermediate Unit
    Great Valley School District

    South Carolina
    South Carolina Department of Education

    Texas
    Pasadena Independent School District
    Pearland Independent School District

    Utah
    Jordan School District

    Vermont
    Windham Northeast Supervisory Union

    Virginia
    Richmond School District

    Washington
    Peninsula School District

    Wisconsin
    Madison Metropolitan School District
     

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