Stimulus includes money for cleaning up school bus pollution

Stimulus money California’s expecting from the federal Environmental Protection Agency includes money for cleaning up pollution from school buses. KPCC’s Molly Peterson explains.

Stimulus money California’s expecting from the federal Environmental Protection Agency includes money for cleaning up pollution from school buses. KPCC’s Molly Peterson explains.

Molly Peterson: More than one-and-a-half million dollars will pay for upgrades to buses that will emit less pollution as their wheels go round and round. About a hundred school buses will get filters to trap particulates from their diesel exhaust systems.

California’s Air Resources Board has funded fixes for old dirty school buses for years. The program’s upgraded 3,000 buses so far. The state plans to clean up another 3,000 in the future.

The air board says this shot of federal money will pay for 20 bus mechanic jobs. All 50 states and Washington D.C. are getting the same amount of money for clean school buses – California will also compete for another pool of clean diesel dollars the federal government has set aside.

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