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BOSTON (Mar. 4, 2024) – Today, federal, state, and local leaders joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to celebrate funding through EPA’s first Clean School Bus Program Grants Competition. The award to DATTCO, Inc., which includes 15 new electric buses in Worcester, accelerates the transition to low- and zero-emission vehicles, improves air quality for children and their families and advances environmental justice, all while boosting the economy and creating good-paying jobs.

The Clean School Bus Program is having far-reaching effects across school districts and their surrounding communities. Air pollution from older diesel engines is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and can cause them to miss school.

“By prioritizing electric buses, we’re not just reducing emissions, we’re tackling environmental injustices, ensuring every child, regardless of zip code, breathes clean air and has a healthier future. In Worcester, the air will be cleaner, and kids will not be breathing in fumes that will give them asthma attacks or increase the chance of future health problems,” said EPA Regional Administrator David Cash. ” Phasing out older diesel engines, which disproportionately affect communities of color and Tribal communities, ensures cleaner air for students, bus drivers, school staff working near bus loading areas, and the communities the buses drive each day.”

“After years of fighting for investments in clean energy, I’m

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