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School district buys propane buses to replace diesel

KALISPELL (AP) — A Montana school district has purchased three new propane buses to replace old diesel ones and save thousands on fuel and maintenance costs. 

The Daily Inter Lake reported Friday that Columbia Falls School District used money from the district bus depreciation fund to pay about $120,000 for each propane bus, compared to its $134,000 diesel counterparts.

School officials say the buses would save the district $15,000 a year on fuel while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Officials say propane fuel provider CityServiceValcon installed a fuel station near the school for easy access at no charge to the district.

Experts say propane is nontoxic and reduces pollutants found in diesel that could cause respiratory issues.

Officials say the buses would also run quieter and hear up faster in cold weather.

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