Public Invited: MDAQMD Electric School Bus Eligibility Forum Nov. 1st

Simone Graham – Editor: Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) has planned a community meeting to gather input from residents on priorities regarding projects that can reduce emissions and improve air quality.

The focus of the meeting is to address the launch of a school bus replacement program for local eligible districts that can apply for funding to purchase electric school buses. These buses will take the place of current high-emission diesel buses, most commonly used in school districts locally and throughout the nations.

This meeting further explains two laws that together have created the “Community Air Protection Program,” administered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB):

Assembly Bill (AB) 134 provides funding to replace older heavy-duty vehicles, equipment and other diesel sources in our region with new, cleaner technologies.  Assembly Bill (AB) 617 is a new effort that will bring opportunities to collaborate with disadvantaged communities to improve air quality in areas that need it the most. The meeting will include a public comment, question and answer portion for the community.

The public is invited to discuss the future of our air quality. The meeting is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 in the MDAQMD Governing Board Chambers at 14306 Park Ave. in Victorville.

For more information, visithttp://www.mdaqmd.ca.gov or contact MDAQMD Community Relations and Education Supervisor Ryan Orr at (760) 245-1661, ext. 3001 or Rorr@mdaqmd.ca.gov.

MDAQMD is the air pollution control authority and permitting agency for the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County and the Palo Verde Valley in Riverside County. It’s governed by a board of 13 members representing nine incorporated municipalities and two counties within its boundaries. Visit http://www.mdaqmd.ca.gov

 

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