David Bryan, a spokesman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, says the goal is to help cut down on emissions and air pollution.
Bryan says, “We have five rural Nebraska school districts that will be upgrading their bus fleets to new, cleaner buses a total of $120,000 in rebates.”
The new buses the districts purchase are designed to cut emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter that is linked to health problems like asthma and lung cancer.
“When they receive our funding, what we’re trying to do is make sure the buses they purchase are more than 90% cleaner in reducing pollutants,” Bryan said. “These rebates will help each of the school districts start to change their fleet.”
Those getting the EPA funds are:
- Nebraska Unified District #1 (Clearwater, Orchard and Verdigre public schools), $20,000 for one bus
- Chase County School District, Imperial, Neb., $40,000 for two buses
- Mead Public Schools, $20,000 for one bus
- High Plains Community Schools, Polk, Neb., $20,000 for one bus
- Wahoo Public Schools, Wahoo, Neb., $20,000 for one bus
Nationally, 76 school bus fleets in 30 states will receive rebates totaling $3 million. Applicants were randomly selected for the EPA funding to help replace school buses with engine model years of 2006 or older.
Bryan notes the EPA has implemented standards to make diesel engines more than 90% cleaner, but many older diesel school buses remain in operation and predate those standards.