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schoolbus -- Lower-Emission School Bus Program Mail-Out # MSC 12-18 – Revisions to Implementation Deadlines Posted: 26 Sep 2012 13:39:41
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has posted a Mail-Out that incorporates implementation deadline adjustments into the 2008 Lower-Emission School Bus Program Guidelines (Guidelines). Mail-Out #MSC 12-15 incorporated recent statutory changes(Senate Bill 1018, Chapter 39, Statutes of 2012) – including the extension of the expenditure deadline for Lower-Emission School Bus Program (LESBP) Proposition 1B (the Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006) funds from June 30, 2012, to June 30, 2014 – into the Guidelines. Those statutory changes necessitate adjustments to the implementation deadlines that were last adjusted in Mail-Out #10-11. Accordingly, the Guidelines now require two additional years of semiannual reports; provide for a new bus delivery deadline and for liquidated damages; specify what must be accomplished by the expenditure deadline; and extend the records submission due date for those air districts that chose to meet the bond records retention requirement by submitting records to the ARB. The Mail-Out may be found on ARB’s webpage at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/mailouts/mouts_12.htm . For more information about the LESBP, please go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/schoolbus/schoolbus.htm . If you have questions regarding this Mail-Out, please contact Ms. Kimya Lambert, Air Pollution Specialist, at (916) 323-2507 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Background: The primary goal of the ARB's Lower-Emission School Bus Program is to reduce school children's exposure to both cancer-causing and smog-forming pollution. The program provides grant funding for new, safer school buses and to put air pollution control equipment (i.e., retrofit devices) on buses that are already on the road.