The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009- has awarded $1.07 million to Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities (GLACC) to reduce school bus emissions in Michigan.
Executive Director Rachel Kuntzsch, Grand Ledge Public School Superintendent Steve Matthews, Steve Marquardt from the EPA, and Kellie Dean of Dean Transportation, (pictured left to right) announced this award at our Grand Ledge Offices.
- Retrofit 405 Dean Transportation public school buses with Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOCs) – reducing harmful emissions in the Lansing area and throughout the state
- Replace six Grand Ledge Public School buses with newer, cleaner, more efficient models
As a diret result of this project bus matenance technician position will be created and /or retained throughout the state through DOC instiallation.
Dean Transportation anticipates the need to hire additional technicians to support its current staff with the istillation of the DOCs on tis vehicles adn also provide preventative maintenance.
By purchasing six additional school buses, Grand Ledge Public Schools will help support Michigan’s economy by supporting jobs related to the production and sale of the buses, and the retention of bus mechanics and drivers.
Public Health Impacts
Diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs) can reduce the amount of particulate matter emited by normal diesel school buses by approximately 20%, hydrocarbons by approximately 50%, and carbon monoxide by approximately 40%. Each of these pollutants damage respiratory health and exacerbate the effects of athsma, specifically.
This project will impact more than 10,000 special education students and 5,000 general education students daily. These passengers range from those having asthma to those with severe, multiple impairments. These students ride daily bus runs ranging from 30 minutes to upward to 2 hours one-way.