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Commissioner Dykes Statement on EPA Clean School Bus Award Announcement

Six Connecticut School Districts to Receive $21.5M to Fund Purchase of 91 Electric School Buses

“This is wonderful news for Connecticut, as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to deliver for our residents, and especially our school children,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “Connecticut suffers from some of the worst air quality in the United States, and our children riding on school buses are acutely exposed to the harms of heavy-duty vehicle exhaust. The transportation sector is responsible for 67% of smog-forming air pollution in our state, which exacerbates respiratory illnesses such as asthma. It is also by far the leading contributor of greenhouse gas pollution in our atmosphere, which is driving the climate crisis. We are grateful to the Biden Administration and Connecticut’s Congressional delegation for delivering this impactful funding, which will put 91 more clean-running electric buses on our roads. DEEP is doing its part to support these towns through the CT Clean School Bus program, which will provide funding to help towns implement these EPA awards. We encourage towns to visit the CT Clean School Bus webpage and sign up to receive updates on this program.”

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