Doe Run Funds Bus Improvements in Seven School Districts
ST. LOUIS (April 22, 2013) – The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) has extended an offer to seven Jefferson County school districts to soon receive grants to retrofit diesel-powered school bus engines to reduce exhaust emissions. In total, Doe Run will donate $300,000 to Hillsboro, Jefferson R-7, Windsor, Dunklin, Desoto, Grandview and Festus school districts.
The school bus retrofit program aims to reduce school bus emissions by up to 90 percent on those retrofitted buses. Through the grant application process, each school district requested funding for specific upgrades that would be of the greatest benefit to the district’s vehicles. In most cases, schools needed assistance in reducing the amount of time buses spend idling in the winter.
Missouri-based Central States Bus Sales Inc. will perform the school bus improvements. Central States Bus Sales works closely with “Clean Cities” of St. Louis and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to retrofit vehicles across the Midwest with emission-reduction products.
“During the cold months, school buses need to warm up for about one hour to keep students warm and to run effectively, which increases fuel costs and air emissions,” said Bill Schlueter, director of service and warranty at Central States Bus Sales. “By installing idle-reduction technology, an independent, direct-fired heater that operates on a timer will warm the engine and the cabin of the bus without running the engine, decreasing idle time from hours to just minutes each day.”
“Prior studies show that for every gallon of diesel fuel not burned, carbon emissions are reduced by 22 pounds,” added Schlueter. With the idle-reduction technology in place, schools will save money on fuel while also reducing the amount of exhaust released into the environment. Once Central States Bus Sales retrofits the engines, benefitting school districts will be required to report emission reductions and other performance improvements.
“This project is a win-win situation for all of us,” said Jim Goetter, manager of systems and support services at Doe Run. “Through these improvements, Doe Run is helping local schools save money, a Missouri business gets an economic boost and we all will have cleaner air to breathe. Working together, we’re creating a sustainable solution that will have a lasting impact on our community.”
In addition to retrofitting local buses, Doe Run is contributing $200,000 to help schools remove hazardous waste and old chemicals from science labs and darkrooms, and to train school personnel in proper chemical handling. To take advantage of this program, schools in Jefferson County may apply for a grant between now and July 2013. Any remaining funds will be made available to school districts in Dent, Iron, Washington, Scott and Reynolds counties after July 2013.
The school bus and laboratory clean-out investments are two of several community-based, environmental projects slated over the next two years as part of Doe Run’s 2010 landmark agreement with the EPA. In the coming months, Doe Run will begin work on additional environmental mitigation projects in Jefferson County, including a $500,000 installation of solar panels and other energy efficiency upgrades at Herculaneum High School.
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities, located in Boss, Mo. Doe Run and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit www.doerun.com.