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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 01-828


Diesel School Bus Retrofit Demonstration Project Grant Opportunity Notice

[31 Pa.B. 2515]

   The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking one or more school bus fleet operators to participate in a demonstration project that will greatly reduce pollution emissions from participating diesel buses. Buses could be as much as 70% cleaner, and most likely any visible smoke would also be reduced. DEP will pay 100% of the costs to purchase and install retrofit technology. The type of retrofit equipment would be determined in large part by the model engine of each bus and other characteristics of the fleet.

   Technical information about diesel vehicle retrofit is available from the United States Environmental Protection Agency at Applicants will be ranked on the severity of the pollution in the area, appropriateness of the fleet for retrofit and potential emission reductions. Because of the specificity of retrofit technology, two or three finalists will be selected for further fleet characterization before a grantee is chosen. Any school bus operator (public or private school, school district or contractor) is eligible to apply.

   Applications are due June 29, 2001. For more information and an application package, access DEP's website at, subject index ''air quality,'' contact Chris Trostle, DEP Bureau of Air Quality, at (717) 787-9494 or send an email to

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 01-828. Filed for public inspection May 11, 2001, 9:00 a.m.]

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