Clean Diesel Program Has an Impact
Sylvania City Schools has received a grant from the Ohio EPA to retrofit 27 school buses with pollution control technology. The buses will be fitted with diesel oxidation catalysts and closed crankcase filter systems. Because diesel engines are durable and last a long time, retrofitting is a way to reduce emissions while getting full use out of the existing engines. TMACOG helped the city to apply for the grant. According to the EPA, the grants will help outfit 536 buses statewide.
TMACOG is working with other members on additional clean diesel grants. Transportation department staff recently submitted a grant to U.S. EPA for the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program requesting more than $790,000 to retrofit 79 buses in the Anthony Wayne and Perrysburg school districts with emission reduction technology and to repower 18 pieces of equipment from Miller Brothers Construction, replacing aging diesel engines with new engines that produce much less pollution.
TMACOG also assisted the Northwest Ohio Coalition for Clean School Buses with an application to replace 38 buses from 11 school districts in northwest Ohio.The districts are: Bowling Green (2), Elmwood (2), Findlay (7), Lake (2), Maumee (4), North Baltimore (1), Toledo (2), Sylvania (7), Riverdale (2), Perrysburg (2), and Springfield (7). This coalition grant would provide 50 percent of the funding for each new bus