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School districts receive grant for cleaner, greener buses

Money will fund the purchase of seven propane-burning vehicles for Saugus, Newhall, Sulphur Springs

Posted: July 14, 2009 8:07 p.m.
Updated: July 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

Four local school districts will receive a piece of a $43 million grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District for the purchase of clean-burning propane buses.

Newhall, Saugus Union and Sulphur Springs school districts were each awarded $202,310 towards two propane buses. The William S. Hart Union High School District will receive $101,155 for a propane school bus.

“The number of school buses being replaced or retrofitted with this award is extraordinary and it’s a giant step toward our goal of cleaning up all school bus fleets in the region,” said William A. Burke, chairman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “This will help thousands of school children and their communities breathe a little easier.”

Alternative-fueled school buses are substantially cleaner than the older diesel buses they replace. In addition, these buses emit no diesel soot, which is the source of about 84 percent of all air pollution cancer risk in the region, according to the district.

Funding for the bus replacements comes from Proposition 1B, approved by voters in November 2006 and the state’s Carl Moyer Program.

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