By Associated Press - Saturday, March 5, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is helping school districts get new buses that use clean diesel for fuel, and the town of Arlington, Vermont, is a recent beneficiary of the program. Arlington will use $20,000 from the federal agency to help it replace a bus from 2001.

The funds are part of approximately $925,000 that are being awarded to school bus providers in New England to replace 46 buses, in 12 fleets, and of more than $7 million in rebates nationwide to replace or retrofit 400 older diesel school buses in 85 fleets across 35 states.

EPA officials say the aims are cleaner air and better health for kids who are no longer breathing dirtier fumes while getting on and off school buses.

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