The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded money to retrofit 27 school buses in four New Jersey towns.
Iselin, Toms River, Bayonne and Tabernacle will benefit from the EPA awarding more than $8.7 million nationally to replace or retrofit 452 older diesel school buses in 32 states through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act.
The money will replace or retrofit buses to reduce pollutants that cause asthma and lung damage. The EPA has implemented standards to make newer diesel engines more than 90 percent cleaner, but many older diesel school buses are still operating. Older diesel engines emit large amounts of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, which cause aggravated asthma, lung damage and other serious health problems.
Since 2008, the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program has paid for more than 700 clean diesel projects across the country, reducing emissions in more than 70,000 engines.