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EPA rebates to fund cleaner school buses

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it has awarded more than US$7.7 million to replace or retrofit 401 older diesel school buses.

The funds will go to 88 school bus fleets in 27 US states, each of which will receive rebates through the EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding.

The new and retrofitted buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems.

Applicants replacing buses with engine model years of 2006 and older will receive rebates between US$15 000 and US$25 000, depending on the size of the bus.

Applicants also had the option of retrofitting school buses with engine model years between 1994 to 2006 with a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst plus Closed Crankcase Ventilation system (DOC plus CCV) to reduce toxic emissions. EPA will fully fund the cost of these devices up to US$4000.

EPA has implemented standards to make newer diesel engines more than 90% cleaner, but many older diesel school buses are still operating.

Since 2008, the DERA program has funded more than 700 clean diesel projects across the country, reducing emissions in more than 70 000 engines.

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