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January 23, 2019   |   KLKN-TV


DEQ designates $3.1 million to reimburse replacement of diesel school buses and transit buses

Over $3.1 million in funds that the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality has recently received from the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Environmental Mitigation Trust are now beginning to be distributed to local recipients for diesel vehicle replacement programs.

“The new buses will have much lower emissions than the buses they are replacing,” said NDEQ Director Jim Macy. 

NDEQ estimates that, over an estimated lifetime of 15 years for the new school buses and transit buses, emissions of nitrogen oxides will be reduced by 29 tons and particulates by 1 ton.

A payment of $1,891,527 has been designated to assist Nebraska school districts in replacing older diesel school buses with new, cleaner diesel or propane-fueled buses. Each of the 41 participating school districts will receive partial funding to purchase one new replacement bus; 37 of these districts have selected new-technology diesel technology for its new school bus.


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