The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced approximately $10 million in grant money to help public schools replace older school buses, which can emit more air pollution.
Older diesel bus models are known to emit particulate matter and nitrogen oxides, which can cause respiratory disease and aggravate asthma and other conditions.
Replacing older models with more efficient ones improves air quality, reducing pollution output by more than 90%.
The funds are offered as part of the Diesel Emission Reduction Act, which has already provided funds for nearly 30,000 cleaner buses across the United States.
The grants were released at the start of Children’s Health Month as part of the EPA’s effort to protect and improve the health of America’s children, according to a press release.
“Children’s health is a top priority for EPA, and these grants will help provide cleaner air and a safer, more reliable ride to and from school for America’s children,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “This DERA funding reflects our broader children’s health agenda and commitment to ensure all children can live, learn, and play in healthy and clean environments.”
Applications for the grants are available through Oct. 30.