On the Radio: DNR works to reduce school bus pollution

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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment focuses on the efforts of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to reduce the pollution caused by Iowa school buses.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is working to limit the pollution caused by busses transporting our children to school.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Diesel exhaust contains 40 known cancer-causing substances, and can cause respiratory health problems including asthma. It also hurts our environment by spreading greenhouse gases.

In response to this, the Department of Natural Resources is offering two different types of grants to lower the diesel emissions produced by Iowa’s school busses. Both grants provide funds to local schools to help reduce harmful pollution from buses.

In addition, one of the grants goes towards replacing dirty pre-1994 diesel engines with newer EPA-certified ones.

The Department of Natural Resources will announce which school districts received the awards in late January.

For more information on this project, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.

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