WEST CHESTER SCHOOL DISTRICT GETS $30,000 TO REDUCE EMISSIONS.On behalf of Governor Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania, Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty has awarded $30,000 to West Chester Area School District The West Chester Area School District covers a 75 square-mile basis, for the area of West Chester, PA. The borough of West Chester is the center of the district. The other parts include the surrounding townships of East Bradford, East Goshen, West Goshen, West Whiteland, Westtown, to purchase and install diesel filters on six school buses to help protect students' health by reducing harmful emissions from particulate matter particulate matter
n. Abbr. PM
Material suspended in the air in the form of minute solid particles or liquid droplets, especially when considered as an atmospheric pollutant.
Noun 1. , hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide carbon monoxide, chemical compound, CO, a colorless, odorless, tasteless, extremely poisonous gas that is less dense than air under ordinary conditions. It is very slightly soluble in water and burns in air with a characteristic blue flame, producing carbon dioxide; .
"Diesel emissions can decrease lung function and aggravate serious respiratory illnesses such as asthma -- the leading cause of school absenteeism nationwide," Secretary McGinty said. "This grant will help the school district not only lower harmful emissions from buses, but also ensure the air that students breathe is safer and cleaner. Keeping students healthy gives them an advantage by making sure they are in the classroom rather than home sick."
Krapf Bus Cos. own and operate the buses set to be retrofitted with the filters, which reduce particulate matter emissions from diesel sources by at least 85 percent over 150,000 miles. Cleaner-burning ultra-low sulfur fuel is already in use in the school district.
The grant is federal funds Federal Funds
Funds deposited to regional Federal Reserve Banks by commercial banks, including funds in excess of reserve requirements.
These non-interest bearing deposits are lent out at the Fed funds rate to other banks unable to meet overnight reserve from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), independent agency of the U.S. government, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1970 to reduce and control air and water pollution, noise pollution, and radiation and to ensure the safe handling and Region III, targeted for a diesel retrofit project in southeastern Pennsylvania. Administration of these funds is part of DEP's participation in the Philadelphia Diesel Difference Coalition, a coalition of diverse stakeholders Stakeholders
All parties that have an interest, financial or otherwise, in a firm-stockholders, creditors, bondholders, employees, customers, management, the community, and the government. whose primary purpose is to reduce the air pollutants associated with diesel-powered engines in the greater Philadelphia area.
Fine particulate matter emitted from diesel fuel has a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers, and is commonly referred to as PM 2.5. Particulate matter also comes from a wide range of sources, including power plants and industrial sources; cars, trucks and buses; wood stoves; and even forest fires This is a list of notorious forest fires: North America
Year Size Name Area Notes
1825 3,000,000 acres (12,000 km²) Miramichi Fire New Brunswick Killed 160 people. . Some particulates are released when fuels are burned; others form in the atmosphere from reactions between gases released from power plants and factories.
These particles can get deep into the lungs and cause significant health problems. PM 2.5 has been determined to be most closely associated with health effects related to increased hospitals admissions and emergency room visits for heart and lung disease lung disease Pulmonary disease Pulmonology Any condition causing or indicating impaired lung function Types of LD Obstructive lung disease–↓ in air flow caused by a narrowing or blockage of airways–eg, asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis; , increased respiratory symptoms and disease, and decreased lung function.
For more information on the air pollution control program, visit DEP's Web site at http://www.dep.state.pa.us, Keyword "Diesel Emissions." A link is also provided on these pages to the Philadelphia Diesel Difference Working Group.
For more information, call 717/787-1323 or visit http://www.dep.state.pa.us.