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School busses go green in Harrison County

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Another South Mississippi school district will have cleaner, greener school busses this fall. Beginning today MDEQ will begin installing devices on Harrison County Schools diesel busses to drastically reduce tailpipe emissions.

The "Diesel Oxidation Catalyst" or DOC is a honeycomb-like structure that is coated with a material that makes a chemical reaction to reduce pollution.

Earlier this month the devices were installed on Hancock County school buses.

The device goes on buses built from 1998 to 2006. Newer buses do not need the retrofitting because of stricter emissions standards that went into effect in 2007.

"We are pleased to work with the Harrison County School District, the American Lung Association of Mississippi, and the Mississippi Department of Education to implement this program to provide a healthier situation for students by installation of the Diesel Oxidation Catalysts," said Trudy Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director.

Money for the pollution control devices came from the EPA and federal stimulus funds. The devices do not affect fuel economy and do not require any maintenance.

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