|US EPA announces rebates for school bus fleet owners
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of approximately $7 million in funding for rebates to public and private school bus fleet owners for the replacement and retrofit of older school buses.
This is the third rebate program offered under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) reauthorization to fund cleaner school buses. New to this year's program is the option of implementing retrofit technologies. Fleet owners can install Diesel Oxidation Catalysts plus Closed Crankcase Ventilation systems to reduce emissions by up to 25%, and they can replace older buses with newer ones that meet the latest on-highway emission standards as in previous EPA rebate programs. EPA will pay up to $3,000 for each DOC plus CCV, and between $15,000 and $25,000 per replacement bus, depending on the size.
Applicants may request up to ten buses for replacement and up to ten buses for the retrofit option on each application. Fleets with more than 101 buses currently in operation may submit two applications.
Many of the nation's school buses are powered by diesel engines. EPA standards for new diesel engines make them more than 90% cleaner than older ones, but many older diesel engines remain in operation and predate these standards. Older diesel engines emit large quantities of pollutants such as particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). These pollutants are linked to health problems, including aggravated asthma, lung damage, and other serious health issues.
Public school bus fleets and those owned privately but contracted with a public school system are eligible to apply for rebates to replace school buses with engine model years of 2006 or older. They may also apply to install DOC plus CCV technology on school buses with engine model years 1994-2006. EPA will accept applications from September 28 to October 30, 2015. To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility and selection process, and informational webinar dates, please visit http://www3.epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate-schoolbus.htm.
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