On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $625,000 to replace 31 older diesel school buses in Ohio. The school bus fleets will receive rebates through EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. The new buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to asthma and lung damage, better protecting health and air quality in communities across the country.

"The rebates provide children with a safe and healthy way to get to school by upgrading older diesel engines in our nation’s school buses," said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, EPA is equipping local school districts with cleaner-running buses, helping them along the route to healthier kids and communities.”

Below is a list of the DERA rebate selectees in Ohio:

• Ansonia Local Schools, one bus, $25,000;

• Antwerp Local Schools, one bus, $20,000;

• Blanchester Local Schools, three buses, $60,000;

• Celina Board of Education, one bus, $20,000;

• Clearview Local School District, three buses, $60,000;

• Columbia Local School, two buses, $40,000;

• Columbus Grove Local School District, one bus, $20,000;

• Hillsboro City Schools, one bus, $20,000;

• Lakewood City Schools, one bus, $20,000;

• Liberty Local Schools, six buses, $120,000;

• Northern Local School District, five buses, $100,000;

• Symmes Valley Local School District, one bus, $20,000;

• Versailles Exempted Village School District, four buses, $80,000; and

• Wellston City School District, one bus, $20,000.
Applicants scrapping and replacing diesel buses with engine model years 2006 and older will receive rebates between $20,000 and $65,000 per bus, depending on the fuel type of the replacement 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, and other health effects or illnesses that can lead to missed days of work or school. 

Since 2008, the DERA program has funded more than 1,300 projects across the country, reducing diesel emissions in more than 70,000 engines. A comprehensive list of the 2020 DERA School Bus Rebate recipients can be found at www.epa.gov/dera/awarded-dera-rebates.

For more information about the DERA program, visit www.epa.gov/dera.