Monday, November 7, 2011

Air Time: Ecology helps school districts reduce bus pollution

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Air Quality Program

Last week, Ecology’s Air Quality Program announced the latest round of funding that we’re providing to Washington school districts looking to cut fuel costs and harmful emissions from school buses.

Ecology helps school districts pay for idle-reduction technology. The devices allow drivers to warm school bus cabins, defrost windows, and circulate and heat engine fluids without idling the engines.

Ecology has identified diesel exhaust as the most harmful air pollutant in the state.

You can read more about this issue, and this latest round of funding, in this Ecology news release.

KING-TV’s Gary Chittim put together this report on the differences this funding has meant for the North Shore School District in Bothell.

You can learn more about our efforts to reduce harmful diesel exhaust on Ecology’s website.

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