School System Is Awarded Bus Grant

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced that the following 39 entities, including seven from the Upper Cumberland region, will receive $8,854,685.42 in grant funding to support school bus replacement projects across Tennessee. Clay, Jackson and Overton Counties are included in the seven from the Upper Cumberland region.

The competitive grant program, which is the state’s first grant program funded by the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Settlement EMT), will provide financial assistance to grantees to replace a minimum of one eligible school bus with any new diesel, alternate-fueled, or all-electric school bus. The purpose of the EMT is to execute environmental mitigation projects that reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx).

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