This document includes Senate Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 1:10 PM by lpoole.





Chief Sponsor: Cheryl K. Acton

Senate Sponsor: Lincoln Fillmore


10     General Description:
11          This resolution commends Jordan School District for investing in the state's largest fleet
12     of natural gas buses.
13     Highlighted Provisions:
14          This resolution:
15          ▸     recognizes the efforts by Jordan School District to contribute to improved public
16     health by acquiring school buses that operate on compressed natural gas with little
17     additional expense to taxpayers.
18     Special Clauses:
19          None

21     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
22          WHEREAS, Utahns rank air quality among their highest concerns, and individuals
23     living along the Wasatch Front ranked air quality as their highest priority among their top 10
24     concerns in the state;
25          WHEREAS, Utahns' major concerns with air quality include ozone and very fine
26     particulate matter that are produced from the burning of fossil fuels;
27          WHEREAS, the Wasatch Front is known to have some of the most challenging

28     short-term air quality issues;
29          WHEREAS, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reclassified the
30     Wasatch Front from a "moderate" to a "serious" nonattainment area, based on the Clean Air
31     Act's air quality health standards;
32          WHEREAS, although vehicle contribution to air pollution has decreased over time and
33     will continue to decline with both the implementation of Tier III fuel and automobile standards
34     from 2017 to 2025, and rapidly increasing fuel economy standards, fossil fuel combustion
35     engines continue to account for approximately 48% of emissions that lead to poor air quality in
36     Utah;
37          WHEREAS, as Utah's population continues to grow, so will the challenge of reducing
38     tailpipe emissions;
39          WHEREAS, as of the 2015-16 school year, there were 2,895 school buses among the
40     41 school districts and charter schools in Utah, traveling approximately 32 million miles during
41     the school year;
42          WHEREAS, most of the school buses being used by school districts and charter schools
43     burn diesel fuel;
44          WHEREAS, numerous studies have concluded that the younger a person is, the more
45     susceptible that person is to the dangers of diesel exhaust fumes, resulting in increased health
46     risks associated with lung disease, cancer, and heart disease;
47          WHEREAS, the concentration of numerous idling diesel school buses around schools
48     contributes to poor air quality, impacting the health of children and other members of the
49     community;
50          WHEREAS, inversions settle into the valleys along the Wasatch Front during the
51     school year, trapping exhaust fumes and fine particulate matter in the air we breathe;
52          WHEREAS, numerous efforts have been made over the past several years to remove
53     older diesel school buses in Utah and replace them with clean fuel alternatives such as
54     compressed natural gas (CNG), clean diesel, electricity, propane, or hybrid capability;
55          WHEREAS, one CNG school bus saves the equivalent of the emissions produced by 35
56     cars on the road;
57          WHEREAS, Jordan School District began acquiring CNG school buses Ŝ→ [
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57a      years ago;
58          WHEREAS, Jordan School District currently has the state's largest fleet of CNG school

59     buses;
60          WHEREAS, 75 of the 260 school buses in Jordan School District use CNG and the
61     school district has ordered an additional 36 CNG school buses this year through grants;
62          WHEREAS, the initial cost to acquire one CNG bus is approximately $25,000 to
63     $30,000 more than the cost to acquire a regular school bus;
64          WHEREAS, one gasoline gallon equivalent of CNG costs between 50 cents and one
65     dollar;
66          WHEREAS, Jordan School District files for a rebate each year, offsetting the cost to
67     operate CNG buses up to 50 cents per gallon of CNG used;
68          WHEREAS, despite the higher initial cost to acquire CNG buses, Jordan School
69     District has reduced school bus operational costs due to the lower cost per gasoline gallon
70     equivalent of CNG and the acquired rebates; and
71          WHEREAS, there are now 65 CNG fueling stations across the state and Jordan School
72     District owns and operates its own CNG fueling station:
73          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
74     Governor concurring therein, commends Jordan School District for its exemplary contribution
75     to the public health of the citizens of the state of Utah by acquiring a fleet of CNG school buses
76     with little additional expense to taxpayers, reducing emissions and improving air quality.
77          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor commend Jordan
78     School District for being an excellent example of environmentally sensitive, forward-thinking,
79     and fiscally responsible leadership in the state of Utah.
80          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor commend Jordan
81     School District for its fiscal responsibility in seeking grants and rebates to acquire CNG school
82     buses and a CNG fueling facility, resulting in lower ongoing operational costs of its school bus
83     fleet.

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