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  • Creswell and Culver School Districts to get new diesel buses
    The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is using the 2014 federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act allocation to the state to buy new low emission school buses for the Culver and Creswell school districts. With this funding, four older diesel buses will get scrapped and replaced with low emission propane and diesel powered school buses.
    “We know that the school bus is the safest way to get kids to school. Now we are helping these school districts making them the most sustainable and healthy way to get to school,” says DEQ Clean Diesel Program Coordinator Kevin Downing.
    Previously, two other Oregon school districts, Springfield and Reynolds, were selected among 500 districts nationwide for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's school bus rebate program. The Culver and Creswell school districts had participated in a similar EPA rebate program in 2012 but were not selected. 
    “We decided to use this year’s allocation to Oregon under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act to move down the list of school districts that were not selected in 2012,” said Downing. There were 11 other Oregon school districts participating in 2012 and now 10 in 2014 that were not selected. The Oregon grant will cover 25 percent of the replacement cost for new buses. Creswell is planning to replace three buses, model years 1993, 2000 and 2002. Culver is planning to replace one 1993 bus.
    Diesel engines are durable and efficient but emit levels of fine particulate matter that have been shown to contribute to a variety of health effects including asthma, heart disease and increased risk for cancer. Buses built after the 2008 model year are now required to have high efficiency pollution controls that reduce these harmful pollutants by over 90 percent. These programs are intended to facilitate turnover to less polluting buses.
    For more examples of what Oregon fleets are doing on clean diesel projects, read about our Clean Diesel Success Stories
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In April 2015, the DEQ’s Western Region office in Salem will move to a new location – 4026 Fairview Industrial Drive, Salem, OR. 97302. The target date for operating at the new location is Monday, April 6th, 2015.
 
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What’s in Oregon’s Waters?
New DEQ report on toxic chemicals in state waters sets baseline for future monitoring
 
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Laboratory and Environmental Assessment Program recently released a study, the first statewide assessment of toxics in water across Oregon, which shows that toxic chemicals ranging from pesticides to metals are present in all water basins of the state, with some monitoring sites showing levels above benchmarks for human health and aquatic life.
 
DEQ’s Statewide Water Quality Toxics Assessment Report is available on DEQ’s water quality monitoring website. It is the result of more than five years of data that DEQ collected from 177 monitoring sites throughout the state from 2008 to 2013.
 
DEQ will use information from this study to refine further monitoring at existing sampling sites and to identify new locations for toxic monitoring. Beginning this year and through 2019, DEQ will collect toxics samples each year in specific geographic areas. This effort will begin later this year in the North Coast, Umpqua, Rogue and Klamath basins.
 
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