The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at the Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building (Town Hall) to celebrate the successful retrofit of 20 school buses with diesel engine particulate filters.
The Town of Mansfield was awarded a $246,600 Clean School Bus Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to purchase and install these diesel particulate filters, which reduce the emissions of particulate matter, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons by 90 percent.
One of the retrofit school buses will be on hand to view – and test with a white hanky.
The Beck Building is located at 4 South Eagleville Road (the corner of Routes 195 and 275).
[update] At Thursday’s ceremony, Ira Leighton, acting regional administrator of EPA New England said, “The goal of EPA’s Clean School Bus USA program is simple – to ensure that by next year, every school bus in all 50 states emits less pollution and contributes to cleaner air for our children and our communities… We offer our congratulations to Mansfield for retrofiting the town’s entire fleet of school buses. By reducing diesel exhaust, we can all breath easier.”
Posted April 15, updated April 17, 2009