NEW JERSEY LCV SUPPORTS SENATE BILL TO BOOST PURCHASE OF ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUSES

NEW JERSEY LCV SUPPORTS SENATE BILL TO BOOST PURCHASE OF ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUSES

TRENTON: The following is a statement of Ed Potosnak, Executive Director, New Jersey LCVregarding Senate Bill S759 that requires the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to develop and implement an electric school bus program, which would provide $15 million in the first year and $15 million per year over the next two years in grants for school districts to purchase electric buses.

“Just this week, New Jersey LCV unveiled its joint environmental agenda, and our second priority focuses on the transportation sector, and specifically the need to electrify our public school bus fleets. These fleets of diesel-powered heavy-duty trucks contribute significantly to localized air pollution that leads to disproportionate health problems in black and brown communities,” said Ed Potosnak, executive director, New Jersey LCV. “This bill provides the measures we need to set the stage for further electrification of our 11,000 school buses. We are delighted that the Senate Transportation Committee, in a bipartisan manner, has approved S759, and we look forward to continuing to work with Senator Diegnan to bring this bill across the finish line.

The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to

elect environmental champions, hold public officials to account and support laws that

protect our environment and improve people’s quality of life.

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