Volkswagen’s diesel car scandal settlements in the U.S. will provide $2.7 billion for emissions reduction projects, with school buses being among the eligible vehicles.
The EPA funds will go toward replacing two of Rocky River City School District’s older buses. Meanwhile, Head Mechanic Eric Wrath earns a statewide honor.
In a new report on the grant program, the EPA also says that the funding has helped clean up 335,200 tons of NOx and 14,700 tons of particulate matter.
School buses are among the eligible vehicles to be retrofitted or replaced in the latest round of Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding.
At ASBC’s Love the Bus event in rural Sloughhouse, California, dignitaries from Congress and the EPA cite the benefits of school buses, and students in yellow T-shirts show their spirit.
At a school near Sacramento, California, nearly 500 students in yellow “I Love the Bus” T-shirts will hear from various dignitaries about the importance of the yellow bus.
The document offers strategies for limiting students’ exposure, including ventilation and filtration, school siting decisions, anti-idling policies and school bus fleet upgrades.
The supplier’s engine lineup meets the current EPA regulations and the second step in greenhouse gas and fuel-efficiency standards, which take effect in 2017.
The third round of DERA rebates will go toward replacing or retrofitting 400 older diesel school buses in 35 states.
Several school bus-related projects are among those awarded grants to retrofit and replace old diesel vehicles and equipment.
The rebates are for replacing older school buses or — in a new option for the program this year — installing retrofit technology to reduce emissions.
The EPA and NHTSA’s jointly proposed standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles — including school buses — would cover model years 2021 to 2027.
The event on April 16 featured two new alternative-fuel Thomas Built buses to celebrate grant awards for the upfit of 15 buses for the school districts.