Last week, the Pittsburgh Healthy School Bus Fund announced it will begin retrofitting Pittsburgh Public Schools' diesel school buses with filtering devices to reduce particulate emissions by up to 85 percent. The initial grant, $500,000 from the Heinz Endowments, will begin work on some of Pittsburgh's 350 buses, and future funding might come from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Allegheny County Health Department, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Retrofitting diesel buses to limit children's exposure to diesel particulates is not new (see below), and the Healthy School Bus Fund knows about the "recent studies have shown that dangerous particulate matter from diesel engines accumulates inside the school bus cabin and reaches levels that are five to 10 times more potent than the outdoor air," as the announcement of this program on Diesel Retrofit Rebate states. Speaking of rebates, that's how the program will be administered, so Pittsburgh-area readers should point their school officials to DieselRetrofitRebate.org.

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[Source: Diesel Retrofit Rebate]

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