May 06, 2019 | School Transportation News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced several dozen awards on May 2 to provide over $9.3 million in rebates to replace older diesel-powered school buses nationwide.
School districts nationwide are receiving the rebate through the EPA’s DERA funding program. The new buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems, especially asthma and lung damage.
Over the last seven years, EPA has awarded approximately $39 million in rebates to replace almost 2,000 school buses. Bus replacements funded through the rebate program reduce emissions and exposure to particulate matter and nitrogen oxides for children at schools, bus stops, and on the buses themselves.
The EPA has implemented standards to make newer diesel engines more than 90 percent cleaner, but many older diesel school buses are still operating.