NDEP receives grant to improve air quality

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) Since 2008, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has been working to improve air quality and reduce the exposure of children to diesel exhaust emissions from school buses. NDEP has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to replace heavy duty service equipment in the city of Reno and school buses in the Clark County School District.

"In Reno, when the city is out performing service on city infrastructure, families will notice less smog coming out of the service vehicles," Joe Perreira, of NDEP, says.

For the past 10 years the Nevada Clean Diesel Program has distributed more than $4 million for clean air projects.

Perreira says the vehicles being replaced will be destroyed so they don't end up back on the roads.

Administrator at Nevada Sage Waldorf School in Reno, Kelli Anastassatos, says the grant is extremely important in improving health of children across the state.

"There's just so many things in our environment so really starting supporting to provide a healthy environment for our children is really important," she says.