published on January 12, 2017 - 5:11 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $20,000 to Sundale Union Elementary School in Tulare to replace an older diesel school bus.

Sundale is one of three California schools and districts receiving a combined $200,000 to replace or retrofit 11 school buses through the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act.

“Reducing exposure to diesel pollution particularly benefits children, as their lungs are still developing,” said Alexis Strauss, acting regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “This funding will improve air quality for students as they travel to and from school.”

EPA has implemented standards to make new diesel engines over 90 percent cleaner, but many school buses with older diesel engines still operate. Older diesel engines emit large amounts of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, which are linked to asthma, lung damage and other serious health problems.

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