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Forrest County school buses go green

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FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The fumes from exhaust pipes come naturally with school buses that run off diesel gasoline. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is using grants and stimulus money to install diesel oxidation catalysts on 12 Forrest County school buses.

"The idea of the extra catalytic converter is to cut down on diesel emissions to make the bus more environmentally friendly," said Reggie Favre, transportation director for the Forrest County School District.

The diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs) cut particulate matter by 40%, hydrocarbons by 70%, and carbon monoxide by 40%.

"You're, helping the children, you're helping the atmosphere, and you're helping the parents. It's a win-win situation all the way around," said Favre.

This is a statewide project and will not cost school districts any money. Only buses built from 1998 to 2006 are eligible. 

The installation process for each bus will last a few hours, and the DOCs will be installed while the children are at school. None of the routes will be affected. 

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