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Volkswagen Settlement Could Mean New School Busses For Michigan

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The Volkswagen emissions settlementfrom earlier this year could lead to new school busses for some Michigan students.

The state Department of Environmental Qualityhas opened a public comment period on how Michigan’s share of the settlement money should be used.  School officials in the state have put together aproposalasking for almost $30 million to be used to replace aging diesel busses. 

They say there are more than 5,000 diesel busses in Michigan that are more than 10 years old that should be replaced with vehicles with cleaner-running diesel engines or powered bynatural gas.   

Don Oldendorf is a schools lobbyist working on the project.

“So the notion is that would help the state, help school districts, help air quality.”

Olendorf says, even if it’s approved, the money would only begin to address the need to replace old school busses. 

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Rick Pluta is the managing editor for the Michigan Public Radio Network.
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