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Money to help reduce Pittsburgh school bus pollution

| Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 12:00 p.m.

An effort to reduce toxic gases on buses the Pittsburgh Public Schools has contracts to use received a half-million-dollar boost Tuesday.

The Pittsburgh Healthy School Bus Fund received $500,000 in seed money from the Heinz Endowments. The money will pay for retrofitting about 80 school buses with technology to reduce by 85 percent the amount of diesel pollution that enters the school bus cabin. The fund's goal is getting enough money to retrofit about 200 additional buses. Studies show that the concentration of this pollution inside school buses is five to 10 times that of outside air.

The program was created by the Allegheny County Partnership to Reduce Diesel Pollution, which is led by the Group Against Smog and Pollution and Clean Water Action, both local environmental organizations.

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