The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday the recipients of this year’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. Eighty-five school bus operations in 35 states will receive a total of $7 million to replace or retrofit old, diesel-powered buses.
“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,” said Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “This program continues to help thousands of children breathe easier and lead safer lives year after year.”
Each rebate will total between $15,000 and $25,000. This year, the recipients also have the option of retrofitting school buses with engine model years between 1994 and 2006 with a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst plus Closed Crankcase Ventilation system (DOC plus CCV) to reduce toxic emissions. The EPA will completely cover the costs of these devices for up to $3,000.
“EPA’s clean diesel program helps thousands of children breathe easier at a time when their developing lungs are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of air pollution,” said Jan Hastings, associate director of EPA’s Office of Air, Waste and Toxics.
According to a statement by the EPA, “Older diesel engines emit large amounts of pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, which are linked to instances of aggravated asthma, lung damage and other serious health problems.”
Click here to view the full list of recipients.