A consortium of four school districts has been awarded $450,000 to replace diesel buses that are at least 12 years old with new propane- and diesel-powered vehicles.
Hamilton Community Schools led the consortium that was the successful applicant from among 20 candidates for grants under the federal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). Funding is allocated through the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Diesel Program, which is administered by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).
Grant money will be used toward the purchase of 12 propane buses and one clean diesel bus to replace vehicles from model years 2000-07:
“Diesel emissions from older buses are not only immediately harmful to Michigan’s children, but they contribute to long-term damage to the environment and climate,” said Robert Jackson, assistant division director of EGLE’s Materials Management Division. “The new buses will reduce exposure to harmful exhaust fumes and airborne particles while students are riding or getting on and off buses, and in school where exhaust can be drawn into buildings where students spend most of their days.”
Applicant proposals were rated on reductions in nitrous oxides and fine particulate matter, both of which contribute to unhealthy air; request for proposal criteria; and application completeness. The Hamilton consortium received the highest score.
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