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Letcher, five other districts getting bus help

Kentucky officials say five school districts, including Letcher County, will receive $231,237 to reduce diesel emissions from their school bus fleets.

Officials say the funds were made available through the Kentucky Division for Air Quality’s Clean Diesel Program and the federal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act.

The state Energy and Environment Cabinet says that in addition to Letcher County the funds will go to school districts in Bullitt, Jefferson, Franklin, and Green counties.

State officials say the districts will use the funds to replace older-model, diesel school buses with new diesel buses. They say the new buses will emit 98% less particulate matter and 90% less nitrogen oxide than the older buses being replaced.

The state says the five districts will replace a total of 10 diesel school buses. (AP)

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