Iowa school districts receive EPA grant to improve buses

Nick Fetty | December 16, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that two Iowa school districts will receive $60,000 to retrofit or replace school buses with more fuel efficient models.

The IKM-Manning Community School District in Manning, Iowa will receive $40,000 for two buses while the Sioux City Community School District will receive $20,000 for one bus. This funding is part of a $7 million nationwide project to replace and retrofit 400 inefficient dispersal school buses through EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding.

“Schools and other organizations that install clean diesel technology are doing more than just saving money – they’re creating cleaner, healthier air for children and all community residents,” said Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “This program continues to help thousands of children breathe easier and lead safer lives year after year.”

The new and retrofitted buses are expected to reduce nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions which can contribute to health complications such as asthma and lung damage. DERA has provided funding for more than 650 clean diesel projects across the country which has led to emissions reductions in more than 60,000 engines since 2008.

In 2012, seven Iowa school districts received more than $280,000 to improve fuel efficiency as part of a joint project between EPA and the Department of Natural Resources.

School buses travel approximately four billion miles each year and provide transportation for more than 25 million American school children each day, according to EPA data.

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