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Older School Buses In Maize School District Get Engine Retrofit

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Clean diesel technology is coming to some older school buses in the Maize School District.

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded $120,000 in rebates to the Maize district to retrofit or replace engines on six buses made before 2006.

The engine overhauls are needed because the EPA says many older diesel school buses pre-date new emission standards. The new and retrofitted buses will reduce pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter that are linked to numerous health problems, including asthma and lung damage.

School districts in Kansas City and Buffalo will also receive engine rebates. The EPA awarded more than $7 million to upgrade school bus fleets in 35 states.

The Unified School District No. 202 Wyandotte, Kan., will receive $80,000 for four buses. The USD 387 Altoona-Midway will receive $20,000 for one bus.

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