The Tuscola Intermediate School District in Caro, MI, is getting a $50,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to help retrofit its school buses with diesel emission controls and to help buy biodiesel fuel for Tuscola and three other nearby school districts.
Tuscola will use the grant to install diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs) on 24 of its 75 buses and fuel all of them with biodiesel. Installed on new or older buses fueled with regular diesel or biodiesel, DOCs help break down exhaust pollutants into less harmful components via a chemical process, the school administration noted
Tuscola’s grant is one of many funded by the EPA’s Clean School Bus USA program, launched in 2003. It is designed to eliminate unnecessary bus idling, retrofit buses with clean diesel technology, and replace the oldest buses with new, less polluting vehicles