Saturday, March 28, 2020

EPA provides $7 million in funding to reduce emissions from school buses throughout U.S.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) rebates totaling more than $7 million for the replacement or retrofitting of 400 older diesel school buses in 85 communities across the country.

“Schools and other organizations that install clean diesel technology are doing more than just saving money —they’re creating cleaner, healthier air for children and all community residents,” EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality Director Christopher Grundler said. “This program continues to help thousands of children breathe easier and lead safer lives year after year.”

This round of rebates is the EPA’s third and will serve communities in 35 states, offering funding ranging from $15,000 for one bus in Beach, North Dakota, to $250,000 for 10 buses in West Jordan, Utah. This year, the agency’s funding included both rebates for replacing buses from 2006 and earlier, as well as fully funding Diesel Oxidation Catalyst plus Closed Crankcase Ventilation systems for engines from buses built between 1994 and 2006.

This funding will contribute to better air quality for schools around the country, decreasing the annual emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter, which can contribute to health problems like asthma and lung damage.

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