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Five State Programs Awarded Clean School Bus Grants.

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) recently announced that school districts in five states -- Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Montana and Rhode Island -- have been selected to receive funding to use biodiesel fuel through the EPA Clean School Bus USA demonstration grants program.

According to NBB, Michigan's Ann Arbor Public Schools will equip 110 buses with diesel oxidation catalysts, while the state's Manchester Public Schools will operate its fleet of 18 buses on B20, a fuel blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent standard petroleum diesel, as well as install crankcase filtration systems in three of its buses.

NBB noted that Colorado's Littleton Public Schools will use $21,406 allocated through the program to continue funding the additional cost of the district's use of B20 for its entire fleet of 67 buses; the Iowa Foundation for Education Administration's Bus Emission Education Program (BEEP) will partner with school districts throughout the state of Iowa to replace three older school bus engines and install diesel oxidation catalysts on 126 school buses, which will be fueled with various blends of biodiesel; and Montana's Missoula City-County Health Department will use $4,550 in funding to support the additional cost of biodiesel fuel for two companies that provide bus service in Missoula County District One, Bonner, Florence, Target Range, Woodman and DeSmet School Districts, with eight buses running on B20.

Additionally, NBB said Warwick Public Schools of Rhode Island will retrofit at least 40 school buses with pollution control devices, equipping 20 with particulate matter filters and 20 with diesel oxidation catalysts, as well as fuel its entire fleet of 72 school buses with a blend of ultra-low sulfur diesel and biodiesel.

Contact: Jenna Higgins, NBB, phone 800-841-5849, website http://www.biodiesel.org.

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Title Annotation:National Biodiesel Board
Publication:Mobile Emissions Today
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 16, 2004
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