Gifts, grants, and contributions for the purpose of adding pollution control equipment to diesel-powered school buses, including contributions that are made pursuant to the settlement of an administrative action or civil action that is brought at the request of the director of environmental protection pursuant to Chapter 3704., 3714., 3734., 6109., or 6111. of the Revised Code, shall be credited to the clean diesel school bus fund, which is hereby created in the state treasury. The director shall use money credited to the fund to make grants to school districts in the state and to county boards of developmental disabilities for the purpose of adding pollution control equipment to diesel-powered school buses and to pay the environmental protection agency's costs incurred in administering this section. In addition, the director may use money credited to the fund to make grants to school districts and to county boards of developmental disabilities for the purpose of maintaining pollution control equipment that is installed on diesel-powered school buses and to pay the additional cost incurred by a school district or a county board for using ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel instead of diesel fuel for the operation of diesel-powered school buses.
In making grants under this section, the director shall give priority to school districts and to county boards of developmental disabilities that are located in a county that is designated as nonattainment by the United States environmental protection agency for the fine particulate national ambient air quality standard under the federal Clean Air Act. In addition, the director may give a higher priority to a school district or a county board of developmental disabilities that employs additional measures that reduce air pollution from the district's or the county board's school bus fleet.
The director shall adopt rules establishing procedures and requirements that are necessary to implement this section, including procedures and requirements governing applications for grants.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9,HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.
Effective Date: 09-29-2005