The School City of East Chicago will soon get $100,000 to replace five school buses, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, said in a release.
The money will come from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program, which gives rebates up to $20,000 for school systems to replace older diesel buses built before 2007.
Older buses emit toxins including nitrogen oxides that can lead to aggravated asthma, lung damage and other health problems, the release stated.
“I congratulate the School City of East Chicago for successfully identifying this opportunity for federal assistance,” Visclosky said in the statement. “Thanks to your commitment to the East Chicago community and your initiative, the health of our students, and the quality of our place and our environment, will be improved.”