WATCH: Colorado governor discusses EPA funding to transition school buses from diesel to electric

WATCH: Colorado governor discusses EPA funding to transition school buses from diesel to electric
Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 10:27 AM MDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2022 at 12:02 PM MDT
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AURORA (KKTV) - On Wednesday, Gov. Jared Polis joined Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe and other local leaders to highlight a new law aimed at saving school districts money while protecting the health of our youngest Coloradans.

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The new Clean Air Package includes a grant program to transition school buses from diesel to electric across the state. The law allocates $10 million worth of funding provided by the EPA to accomplish this goal.

“Electric school buses will help save schools across our state money, help clean our air and protect children’s health and safety,” said Governor Polis in a press release. “Our landmark clean air initiatives at the state level paired with the federal investments will help cut pollution, and provide savings for schools and we encourage school districts across Colorado to take advantage of this opportunity to lower operating costs and reduce reliance on expensive diesel buses to free up more money for better teacher pay and smaller class size.”

Other speakers in attendance included EPA Regional Administrator KC Becker, Aurora Public School Superintendent Rico Munn, Healthy Air and Water Colorado Sabrina Pacha, and a Representative from Green Latinos.

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