New Report Ranks School Bus Air Pollution By State

America's school bus fleet emits almost 95,000 tons of smog forming pollution and more than 3,000 tons of soot every year.

Published: 09-Feb-2002

BERKELEY, California, February 8, 2002 (ENS) - Schoolchildren in every state are being exposed to toxic air pollutants from the school buses, concludes a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Most states rely on diesel school buses to transport children, yet no state monitors the amount of pollution released from school buses or requires school districts to purchase low emission buses.

"California and Washington's fleets were the worst in the country, but every state relies upon high polluting school buses," said Patricia Monahan, lead author of the new report "Pollution Report Card: Grading America's School Bus Fleets," and senior clean vehicles analyst at the UCS.

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