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EPA Praises Anti-idling Policy of NY School District.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) region 2 administrator Jane Kenny recently praised the Longwood Central School District in New York for adopting an anti-idling policy for school buses waiting to board children.

"Longwood's voluntary efforts are benefitting the local environment and the health of its 11,000 elementary, junior and senior high school students," said Kenny. "Idling buses emit pollution and they waste money. But the 24 million children who ride school buses every day are the 26 million most important reasons why districts around the nation should follow the lead of the Longwood Central School District."

According to EPA, the average school bus idles for about one-and-a-half hours each day. EPA estimates that "if every one of the nation's approximately 400,000 school buses reduced its idling time by 30 minutes, we would save 17 million gallons of fuel."

Contact: EPA, website http://www.epa.gov.

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Title Annotation:Environmental Protection Agency
Publication:Mobile Emissions Today
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 25, 2004
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