News Release 079

Media Advisory: DNR to recognize projects in Southwest Missouri that will help reduce diesel emissions, improve air quality

Volume 38-079 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart

FEB. 19, 2010

WHO: Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions at Drury University and Willard School District

WHAT: Media event to recognize diesel emissions reduction projects completed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's National Competitive Diesel Emission Reduction Grant.

WHEN: Feb. 25 from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Willard East School, 518 Kime St. in Willard.

WHY: The Department of Natural Resources received approximately $2.7 million in grant funds for the Diesel Emission Reduction Act, or DERA, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for two projects in Missouri. The two grants include the National Competitive DERA Grant and the State Allocated DERA Grant. The department then issued subgrants to Ozark Center for Sustainable Solutions, or OCSS, for both of these grants in order retrofit and replace diesel engines in the Southwest Missouri area.

The Willard School District was the first school to receive two new school buses under the OCSS grant initiatives. This project was funded under the National Competitive DERA Grant. Controlling emissions from school buses is a high priority as children are more susceptible to the health effects of diesel emissions because their respiratory systems are still developing. The school buses are expected to help reduce diesel emissions in Southwest Missouri, which will improve air quality and protect public health.