Friday, April 24, 2020

EPA Awards $920,000 In Clean Diesel Grants To Clean Up 47 Buses In PA

On April 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $920,000 to replace 47 older diesel school buses in Pennsylvania under its Clean Diesel Program
The funds are among $11.5 million going to replace 580 older diesel school buses in 157 school bus fleets in 43 states and Puerto Rico, each of which will receive rebates through EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. 
The new buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and lung damage. 
In Pennsylvania, the funds are going to:
-- Berks County Intermediate unit ($90,000)
-- F & S Transportation Inc. which services City of York School District ($20,000)
-- Miller Motor Company which services Windber Area School District ($40,000)
-- Miller Reese Bus Company which services Penn Valley School District ($20,000)
-- Mlaker LLC which services Ferndale Area School District ($80,000)
-- Monark Student Transport Corp. which services Union City School District ($80,000)
-- Neshaminy School District ($195,000)
-- Probst Business and Transportation which services Mid Valley School District ($55,000)
-- State College Area School District ($80,000)
-- Stroudsburg Area School District ($80,000)
-- Student Transportation of America which services Perkiomen Valley School District ($180,000)
“With all the challenges our public schools face, DERA helps school districts replace their old school buses with new ones that are more cost-effective and meet standards for reduced emissions which means cleaner air,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio. “This 50th Earth Day is a great opportunity to highlight how this program has been a boon for both local taxpayers and the environment.”
Applicants replacing buses with engine model years 2006 and older will receive rebates between $15,000 and $20,000 per bus, depending on the size of the bus.
EPA has implemented standards to make newer diesel engines more than 90 percent cleaner, but many older diesel school buses are still operating. 
These 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. 
Since 2008, the DERA program has funded more than 1,000 clean diesel projects across the country, reducing emissions in more than 70,000 engines. 
Click Here for a comprehensive list of the 2020 DERA school bus recipients can be found.
For more information on the program, visit EPA’s Clean Diesel webpage
[Posted: April 24, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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