Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced $140,000 in federal awards to replace five diesel school buses in the Clio Area School District and two buses in the Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools. Transitioning to cleaner-running buses will reduce air pollution linked to asthma and lung damage and better protect student health.
The awards, through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, include $100,000 for Clio Area School District and $40,000 for Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools. The EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program funds grants and rebates that protect human health and improve air quality by reducing harmful emissions from diesel engines that emit large amounts of pollutants.
"Students ought to be going to school on safe buses," Congressman Kildee said. "By replacing old diesel school buses with newer and cleaner models, we can both reduce pollution and protect public health. As schools reopen safely for in-person learning, I am pleased to announce these federal grants for the Clio Area School District and Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools."
Congressman Kildee has long advocated for resources to support mid-Michigan schools and students. Earlier this year, Congressman Kildee helped pass the American Rescue Plan which was signed into law by President Biden and provides $344.65 million for K-12 schools in mid-Michigan to help them reopen safely during the pandemic.