U.S. E.P.A. to replace dirty diesel engine school buses through rebate program

Under the E.P.A.’s National Clean Diesel Rebate program, public and private bus fleet owners eligible to apply for funding can have their old, dirty school buses replaced, thereby reducing diesel emissions and improving air quality.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has launched a rebate program that will help fund the replacement of school buses that have older, dirtier diesel engines.

Under the E.P.A.’s National Clean Diesel Rebate program, public and private bus fleet owners eligible to apply for funding can have their old, dirty school buses replaced, thereby reducing diesel emissions and improving air quality.

As part of the 2014 School Bus Replacement Funding Opportunity, E.P.A. is offering approximately $3 million in rebate funding.

Public and private school bus fleets are eligible to apply for rebates for the replacement of school buses with engine model years 2006 or older. E.P.A. will accept applications starting October 15 to November 17, 2014. Applicants may submit only one application for up to five buses.

“School buses are the safest and most environmentally friendly way to transport children to and from school. The rebates to retrofit older bus engines will provide healthier rides for the 25 million children across the country who ride them on a daily basis,” said Janet McCabe, acting administrator for E.P.A.’s Office of Air and Radiation.

The rebate program is in line with E.P.A.’s implementation of new standards that require diesel engines to be more than 90 percent cleaner.

Older diesel engines emit large amounts of pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. These pollutants are linked to health problems, including aggravated asthma, lung damage, and other serious health problems. – EcoSeed Staff

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