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EPA Rebates Will Fund Cleaner School Buses in 85 Communities

Release Date: 12/11/2015
Contact Information: Christie St. Clair,, 202-564-2880

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the award of more than $7 million in rebates to replace or retrofit 400 older diesel school buses. The rebates are going to 85 school bus fleets in 35 states, each of which will receive rebates through EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. The new and retrofitted buses will reduce pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter that are linked to numerous health problems, including asthma and lung damage.

“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.”

This was EPA’s third round of the rebate program aimed at replacing older diesel school buses. Applicants replacing buses with engine model years of 2006 and older will receive rebates between $15,000 and $25,000, depending on the size of the bus. This year, 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 $3,000.

EPA has implemented standards to make newer diesel engines more than 90 percent cleaner, but many older diesel school buses remain in operation and pre-date these standards. 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. Nearly 17,000 of our country’s schools are located within steps of a heavily-traveled road, potentially exposing more than six million children to traffic-related pollution at a time when their developing lungs are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of air pollution.

Since 2008, the DERA program has funded more than 650 clean diesel projects across the country, reducing emissions in more than 60,000 engines. The 2015 DERA school bus rebate recipients are:
AROzarkOzark Public Schools$40,0002
AZYumaCrane Elementary School District 13$75,0003
CAEl CajonCajon Valley Union School District$200,00010
CAVisaliaRiddington Holdings, Inc.$75,0003
CTBethnayB and B Transportation$60,0003
CTCantonMartel Transportation LLC$40,0002
CTKillinglyKillingly Public Schools$70,0003
CTOakdaleMontville Public Schools$55,0003
CTWaterburyAll Star Transportation LLC$140,0007
CTNew BritainDattco Inc$200,00010
FLDelandVolusia County Schools$225,00010
GAThomsonMcDuffie County Schools$85,0004
IAManningIKM-Manning CSD$40,0002
IASioux CitySioux City Community School District$20,0001
IDShelleyShelley School District #60$20,0001
ILViennaVienna High School 13-3$80,0004
ILBushnellBushnell-Prairie City CUSD #170$25,0001
INEminenceEminence Community School Corporation$20,0001
INPlymouthPlymouth Community School Corporation$60,0003
KSKansas CityUnified School District No. 202 Wyandotte, KS (Turner)$80,0004
KSBuffaloUSD 387 Altoona-Midway$20,0001
KSMaizeUSD 266 Maize$120,0006
LANew OrleansARISE Schools$30,000 10
LAMonroeOuachita Parish School Board$200,00010
LARustonLincoln Parish School Board$100,0005
LALake CharlesCalcasieu Parish School Board$200,00010
LAAlexandriaRapides Parish School Board$200,00010
MADartmouthTown of Dartmouth / Dartmouth Public Schools$20,0001
MAWarehamTown of Wareham$230,0009
MASwanseaSwansea Public Schools$80,0004
MEGrayMSAD 15 Gray New Gloucester$60,0001
MEFairfieldMSAD #49$80,0004
MIFairviewFairview Area Schools$20,0001
MIHopkinsHopkins Public Schools$100,0005
MNMankatoYaeger Bus Service, Inc.$40,0002
MNReadingBuds Bus Service Inc.$40,0002
MNBockSue's Bus Service, Inc.$40,0002
MNWillmarHey Inc dba Willmar Bus Service$80,0004
MOBethanySouth Harrison R-II School District$40,0002
MOHolcombHolcomb R-III School District$20,0001
MOWinstonWinston R-VI School District$20,0001
MOCreightonSherwood Cass R-8 School District$20,0001
MOBlue SpringsBlue Springs RIV School District$140,0008
MSKilnHancock County School District$200,00010
MTBox ElderChippewa Cree Tribe with Rock Boy Schools as Delegate Agency$20,0001
NCWinston-SalemWinston-Salem / Forsyth County Schools$200,00010
NDLarimoreLarimore Public School #44$20,0001
NDBeachBeach Public School District #3$15,0001
NEOrdOrd Public Schools$30,0002
NEAuburnAuburn Public Schools$60,0003
NJSouthamptonGarden State Transport, Inc.$165,00010
NJWallWall Board of Education$100,0005
NJThorofareH.A. DeHart Transportation Co.$100,0005
NJSouthamptonGarden State Transport, Inc.$200,00010
NJSecaucusSecaucus Board Education$160,0009
NJVinelandVineland Public Schools$60,0003
NYBayvilleHendrickson Bus Corporation$175,00010
NYCopiagueEducational Bus Transportation Inc$200,00010
NYSeldenMiddle Country Central School District$80,0004
NYChappaquaChappaqua Transportation Inc.$100,0005
NYPhilmontMichael S. Johnson$20,0001
NYHicksvilleJaco Transportation Inc$180,0009
NYHuntington StationHuntington Coach Corporation$100,0007
OHMantuaCrestwood Local Schools$40,0002
OHMagnoliaSandy Valley Local School District$80,0004
OKOmulgeeGreen Country Technology Center$20,0001
OKMoundsMounds Public Schools$75,0004
OKWyandotteTurkey Ford School$20,0001
ORThe DallesNorth Wasco County School Dist. #21$20,0001
PAJermynStafursky Transportation, Inc.$40,0002
PRCorozalTransporte Sonnell Incorporated$200,00010
SCColumbiaSpartanburg 5 County School District (SCDE)$40,0002
SCColumbiaNewberry County School District (SCDE)$100,0005
SCColumbiaWilliamsburg County School District (SCDE)$20,0001
SCColumbiaLaurens 55 County School District (SCDE)$100,0005
SDCastlewoodCastlewood School District 28-1$20,0001
SDBrookingsBrookings School District #5-1$35,0002
TXHoustonHouston Independent School District$200,00010
TXRockwallRockwall Independent School District FIRST APPLICATION$120,0006
UTWest JordanJordan School District$250,00010
UTSandyCanyons School District$100,0005
UTMoabGrand County School District$40,0002
VTArlingtonArlington School District$20,0001
WAMoses LakeMoses Lake School District$75,0003
WIBurlingtonThomas Bus Service, Inc.$80,0004
WIBloomingtonWarco, Inc.$20,0001
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