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UCPS awarded funds to reduce diesel pollution
The Union County Public School system was awarded $100,000 to retrofit approximately twenty (20) of their school buses with pollution control devices. Read full article.
The grant will be used to purchase and install diesel multi-stage filters on the school district’s buses to reduce soot and other toxic pollutants emitted from the bus tailpipe. Funds from the grant will also purchase and install closed crankcase filtration systems to eliminate harmful emissions coming off the engine and into the school bus cabin. With the two pollution control devices combined, harmful particulate matter from diesel exhaust can be reduced by at least 55 percent.
“Union County Public Schools is grateful to the NC Solar Center for the funding to retrofit some of our buses with pollution control devices. Diesel exhaust can be harmful, especially for our young students and those who suffer with asthma,” said Gerald Fowler, Supervisor of Transportation for Union County Public Schools. “Installing pollution control devices will contribute to both cleaner air for our region and a healthier ride to school for our students.”
Written by: Deb Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jul 28, 2008 by Deb Coates Bledsoe