In Michigan
4:52 pm
Thu July 30, 2009

Enviro group gets EPA grant to cut bus emissions

Grand Ledge, MI – GRAND LEDGE, MI (WKAR) - A regional environmental group is getting more than one million dollars from the federal government to reduce school bus emissions.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the grant to Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities. The funds will retrofit 405 school buses that transport nearly 5,000 children in Eaton County. The money will also be used to replace six Grand Ledge Public School buses with cleaner burning models. Kellie Dean is the president of Dean Transportation.

"We're going to outfit half of our fleet this coming year - 405 vehicles - a majority here in the mid-Michigan area now are going to be nearly 100 percent particulate-free," Dean says.

The buses will be retrofitted with diesel oxidation catalysts. The funding is part of the federal economic stimulus package approved in February.