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TCEQ offers funds to reduce school bus emissions, better student health

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

A Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) grant program to reduce emissions and improve the health of school children and bus drivers started taking applications earlier this month. It will accept grant request until Dec. 2, 2015.

The Texas Clean School Bus Program strives to improve the health of school children and bus drivers through reducing school bus diesel exhaust. It is a comprehensive program designed to reduce emissions of diesel exhaust by retrofitting older school buses. The TCEQ provides the grant money so districts can purchase and install devices on diesel-powered school buses to reduce emissions.

According to the Texas Education Agency more than 33 percent of school buses in local fleets are more than 10 years old. Several advancements in vehicle and engine technology have helped reduce emissions from school buses, which helps reduce air pollution, since those buses were purchased.

The Texas Clean School Bus Program has retrofitted more than 7,200 buses across the state since the TCEQ started the program.

All public school districts and charter schools in Texas are eligible to apply for the grant. Public school districts that lease buses also are eligible. Private schools are not eligible for funding.

To meet the TCEQ qualifications, a school bus must:

  • have an engine model year 2006 or older;
  • be used on a regular, daily route, to and from school; and
  • be kept and used by the school district for a least five years after installing the retrofit device.

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. The TCEQ doesn’t limit the amount of funding for which districts can apply, but it will use its own discretion when awarding the grants.

> Download the grant application and learn more about the grant.
> Discover the Capital Area Council of Governments Air Quality Program.
> Learn more about emission reduction grants, you can use.

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