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County Helps Clean Up School Buses

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July 22, 2009

The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District and the California Air Resources Board are using almost $170,000 in federal stimulus funds to retrofit local school buses, making the air cleaner for schoolchildren and the community. 

County Supervisor Ron Roberts, who is also a member of the Air Resources Board, unveiled a newly retrofitted bus at the San Diego Unified School District fleet maintenance yard in Kearny Mesa today.  The bus is the first in the state and one of the first in the country to be retrofitted with federal recovery act funds from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  A total of 10 San Diego Unified buses will be modified.

“It’s a small fix that makes a big difference in our children’s health and safety,” said Roberts.  “The buses are retrofitted with special filters designed to reduce dangerous diesel particulate emissions by 85 percent.”

The Air Pollution Control District (APCD) has also applied for another recovery act grant from the EPA that would provide more than $1.5 million to retrofit dozens of school buses throughout the county.  APCD will submit its plans to the San Diego Air Pollution Control Board for approval and expects to receive the funds in the coming weeks.

“This project will reduce pollution, improve the health of local schoolchildren by reducing their exposure to diesel particulate matter which is a carcinogen, and even create and keep jobs in our county,” said Bob Kard, Director of the Air Pollution Control District.

Plans to use this funding include retrofitting more than 100 school buses, replacing the old engines in two school buses, and replacing 12 older buses with new ones.

To see how the County is seeking and using federal stimulus money, visit

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