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Schools to get green buses

Fifteen Nevada school districts will get new and environmentally friendly school buses as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ” the stimulus package.

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has received a $1.73 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to pay for those bus replacements.

The money will replace 17 school buses with new diesel buses. Officials say the new models produce significantly lower diesel admissions.

The two school districts which didn’t qualify for new buses are Clark County and Carson City. They already have late-model buses in their fleets equipped with the new emission control equipment.

Using a separate pot of money form the EPA’s Clean Diesel Program, the state department is also working to retrofit older school buses around the state. NDEP has determined there are 431 buses statewide which are eligible for those retrofits.