Nearly $3.1 million of the state's $12.25 million share of VW settlement funds will go toward replacing aging diesel school and transit buses.
The state releases its second wave of the settlement funds, approving the purchase of 76 diesel and alternative-fuel schools buses for 22 school districts.
School buses are included in the vehicle types that are eligible for the funding and school districts are among the eligible entities.
The state plans to use about a quarter of its Volkswagen settlement money to buy 142 new school buses in low-income communities.
Leander Independent School District’s new Blue Bird Vision propane buses are expected to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 130,000 pounds.
In a letter to school superintendents, the state departments of Environmental Management, Health, and Elementary and Secondary Education encourage districts to enforce anti-idling laws.
The company concludes its three-day Road Show at an event in Los Angeles with educational sessions and a ride-and-drive of a Blue Bird Vision Propane school bus, among other propane-powered vehicles.
The company will host a three-day California Roadshow Nov. 6-8 to demonstrate its near-zero emissions propane vehicles.
The state plans to use two-thirds of its Volkswagen settlement money to buy around 300 new school buses in low-income communities.
The engine, developed in partnership with Roush CleanTech, is certified at 0.02 g/bhp-hr of nitrogen oxide.
Pruitt has been the subject of multiple ethics investigations. President Trump accepts his resignation while continuing to defend his work at the EPA.
Seventeen school districts in the state get rebates of up to $15,000 per bus from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.
The state earmarks $130 million for electric buses. The mitigation funding is expected to become available starting in early 2019.