Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News
Salt Lake City — The school bus fleet in five districts is about to get less polluting due to a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help shave costs on 15 new buses.
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality announced Tuesday it was awarded the money through the EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign.
Money will pay for 25 percent of the costs associated with the bus purchases made by the Davis, Granite, Provo, Tooele and Weber school districts.
“Weber School District has tried diligently to keep up with our transportation needs since the downturn of the economy, and it has been a struggle. This grant assistance gives us a much-needed boost to help us get back on track,” said Jeff Stephens, district superintendent. “Not only does it help us to keep up with an aging fleet, but taking these older buses off the road will improve the air for our schoolchildren.”
Agency estimates show that buses that meet the latest EPA standards result in emission reductions of up to 95 percent, in addition to saving 53,690 gallons of diesel fuel.
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