KC McGinnis | October 1, 2015
New funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should lead to cleaner school buses.
The EPA today announced the availability of about $7 million in funds for school bus fleet owners to replace or retrofit older buses. Owners can apply to have up to 10 buses replaced and 10 retrofitted, with larger operations having the option to submit multiple applications.
The funding comes as a result of the Diesel Emission Reduction Act, now in its third iteration. It’s an effort to restore or replace older, diesel-powered engines, which emit larger quantities of pollution and toxins than newer buses. The focus on school buses will hopefully lead to a reduction in children’s exposure to toxins from diesel emissions. Buses dated 2006 or older are eligible for replacement under the program.