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EPA honors North Carolina for clean air initiatives
April 10, 2014
The federal agency selects the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Division of Air Quality in the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources for a Clean Air Excellence Award in the Transportation Efficiency Innovations category. The program that the EPA recognizes, “Clean School Bus NC: Kids Breathe Here,” is chosen for its impact, innovation and replicability.
Web exclusive: Getting the most out of DEF
March 6, 2014

Understanding some basic facts about diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), such as its freezing point, the importance of using high-quality DEF and keeping it clean, and proper storage procedures, will go a long way in its efficiency in a selective catalytic reduction system.

EPA alleges excessive idling, fines bus company $33K
October 30, 2013
School bus operator North Reading Transportation will pay the penalty to settle EPA allegations that it violated federally enforceable motor vehicle idling limits in Massachusetts. EPA officials say that the company has responded quickly and has already implemented a number of idle-reduction measures.
EPA blogger touts yellow bus benefits
September 9, 2013
In a recent post for the agency's blog Greenversations, Christine Koester writes that the school bus has been part of American education for “generations,” and that in the U.S., school buses use 2.3 billion gallons less fuel every year than if people drove their children to school. Koester also touches on the environmental benefits of school buses.
New EPA chief touted for 'common sense' strategies
August 7, 2013
Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator, has made a long career of working on environmental issues. President Obama says that she “knows how to build bipartisan support for common sense environmental solutions that protect the health and safety of our kids while promoting economic growth.”
Maine’s Kevin Mallory honored for ‘green’ bus efforts
June 13, 2013
The transportation director for Portland Public Schools has won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the EPA, which will be presented to him on June 26. The award is in recognition of his work to reduce pollution from the school system’s bus fleet and raise awareness about the benefits of “greener” transportation.
$9 million available for new round of clean diesel grants
May 9, 2013
The U.S. EPA is now soliciting proposals for the 2013 National Clean Diesel Funding Program. The program, funded by the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, provides grants to retrofit or replace older diesel school buses and other vehicles.
DERA report to Congress highlights school bus retrofits
April 30, 2013
The U.S. EPA’s new report to Congress includes insight into the significant role of school buses in the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program. Among the notable projects was the state of Mississippi replacing 52 school buses and equipping 2,000 more with emissions-reducing technologies.
ASBC launches recognition program
April 22, 2013
Officials say the School Bus Champion Award recognizes individuals and entities who have displayed exceptional support for the advancement of the school bus industry through leadership in safety, access to education, environmental benefits/stewardship and community impact. The EPA and the state of Utah are the first honorees for their work in “greening” school buses.
Missouri lead producer to provide $300,000 for bus retrofits
February 12, 2013
As part of an agreement with the EPA, the Doe Run Co. will offer a total of $500,000 to help Missouri districts retrofit diesel school buses and improve environmental practices in school science labs. Districts in Jefferson County, Mo., get first crack at the grants.
EPA names winners of $2 million in school bus rebates
February 6, 2013
Agency officials call the response from school bus fleets “overwhelming” — there were more than 1,000 applications for rebates. The 30 randomly chosen recipients include school districts and contractors from various states.
Webasto, ESW integrate pollution-control technologies
December 13, 2012
Webasto Product North America’s engine-off heaters and ESW Group’s diesel particulate filters together can help to reduce vehicle exhaust emissions and the need to idle, company officials say. They also say that the combined technologies can help fleet owner/operators to obtain Diesel Emission Reduction Act funding for emission-control and idle-reduction equipment.
Ohio EPA awards $277K for pollution-control technology
November 19, 2012
Eight school districts in the state receive a total of $277,885.53 in grants to install diesel oxidation catalysts and anti-idling equipment on their school buses as part of the agency’s Clean Diesel School Bus Grant program. The next grant application deadline is March 1, and priority is given to applicants in areas that do not meet federal air quality standards for fine particulates.
EPA to open application period for school bus rebates
November 6, 2012
The agency will collect applications for the new program from Nov. 13 to Dec. 14. A total of about $2 million will be available for rebates on new school buses to replace older buses.
Cummins announces 2013 school bus engine lineup
October 23, 2012
The diesel options are the ISB6.7 and ISL9, which feature onboard diagnostics and the Cummins Aftertreatment System, which integrates a diesel particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction. The Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine features a passive Three-Way Catalyst aftertreatment system.
EPA awards $30M for clean diesel projects
October 11, 2012
School buses are among the vehicles being replaced or retrofitted in the latest round of funding for the Diesel Emission Reduction Program, also known as DERA. Sioux Falls (S.D.) School District, for example, is being awarded $450,000 for replacing 18 school buses.
EPA offers $2M in rebates for school bus replacement
September 13, 2012
The EPA’s first-ever rebate program will be a pilot focusing specifically on replacing older school buses. School districts and contractors will be among those eligible for the program, which will provide rebates ranging from $20,000 to $30,000.
Coalition honored for providing hybrid buses to Ky.
September 13, 2012
A Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition team, which includes Eaton Corp. and the Kentucky Department of Education, receives the first Visionary Leadership Award from the Southeast Diesel Collaborative Group. Eaton assembles the hybrid system for the buses, and the coalition provides the buses through a U.S. Department of Energy grant.
Navistar reveals new engine emission technology
July 6, 2012
The manufacturer will introduce a next-generation clean engine solution to meet the 2010 EPA emissions regulations and to position the company to meet greenhouse gas rules ahead of 2014 and 2017 requirements, officials announce. A Navistar spokesperson tells SBF that the short-term focus for the technology is on big-bore engines.
$20M offered for clean diesel projects
April 24, 2012
This is the first grant competition since the Diesel Emission Reduction Program was reauthorized in 2011. Projects can reduce air pollution from older school buses, among other vehicles.
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