EPA announces initiative to reduce diesel emissions from school buses


NEW YORK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing $7 million in funding to replace or retrofit older school buses.

Many of the nation’s school buses are powered by diesel engines.  Consequently, replacing older buses in schools means a reduction in diesel emissions and an overall improvement in air quality.

EPA standards for new diesel engines will make them more than 90 percent cleaner than older ones, but many older diesel engines remain in operation and predate these standards.

This is the third rebate program offered under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) reauthorization to fund cleaner school buses.  Nearly 25,000 buses across the country have already been made cleaner as a result of DERA funding.

EPA will accept applications from September 28 to October 30, 2015.


To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility and selection process, and informational webinar dates: http://www2.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates#2015sb

Questions may be directed to cleandieselrebate@epa.gov

For information about EPA’s clean diesel initiatives, visit: http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel and the Northeast Diesel Collaborative http://www.northeastdiesel.org.

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