Green Country Schools Rewarded For Diesel Conversion

Saturday, August 20th 2011, 11:28 am
By: News On 6

SAND SPRINGS, Oklahoma -- Three Tulsa-area schools are recognized for improving our air quality by reducing diesel emissions.

Sand Springs Public Schools received more than $36,000 to cover half the costs of a new activities bus.

The Department of Environmental Quality was in Sandite Country Friday to thank the district for clearing the air.

"Diesel engines are particularly bad about particulate emissions, and this new technology burns up those particulate emissions and reduces them substantially - up to 90 percent," said Steve Thompson of the DEQ.

DEQ has been helping pay for the conversion or replacement of older school buses for almost two years now. On Friday, the agency also recognized Allen-Bowden Public Schools in Tulsa and Pretty Water Public Schools in Creek County for upgrading their buses.