The school bus that transports your children to and from school could also be filling their lungs with dangerous emissions. That's why the North Carolina Public Schools are so excited about hundred of school buses in the east that are about to get emissions upgrades.
Researchers say diesel fumes contain high levels of particulate matter, air toxins, nitrogen oxides, and hydrocarbons, all of which can exacerbate or cause asthma, other respiratory ailments, and cancer. One study shows the average school bus emits twice as many contaminants as the average tractor trailer truck.
Today, state school officials say hundred of buses in several counties will be retrofitted with emission-reducing equipment These counties will receive the upgrade: Craven, Chowan, Currituck, Edgecombe, Martin, Nash, Pitt, and Wilson. The state is using $853,000 of stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.