ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National School Transportation Association applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) continued dedication to the improvement of cleaner school bus fleets through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) School Bus Rebate Program.
The EPA awarded more than $7.7 million to replace or retrofit 401 older diesel school buses across the country. The funding will be used to reduce vehicle emissions through either bus replacement or retrofitting to take advantage of tremendous advancements in emission control technology which can reduce by over 90 percent emissions of priority pollutants from older vehicles.
Funding was made available on an equal basis for all public and private school transportation providers serving the nation’s public school systems. NSTA has been a strong advocate for the program and the funding it provides and encourages its member companies and all others in the industry to take advantage of the generous funding provided.
“We appreciate this funding aimed toward creating a cleaner environment through the use of available technologies as well as investing in the latest bus technology. We congratulate all recipients,” said Ronna Weber, executive director of NSTA.