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October 2017



The EPA has announced that the 2017 application period has opened for the opportunity to secure funding to reduce diesel emissions. Though today’s diesel engines are effectively “clean diesel” engines, this was not the case in diesel engines of the past.  To combat the issue of older, dirtier diesel engines still being on the road, the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2010 was instituted.

The EPA is offering significant grant money to school districts and contractors who are selected to receive the funding. According to the EPA, "Buses powered by 2006 or older model year engines must be replaced with buses powered by a 2017 or newer model year engine and can qualify for $15,000-$20,000 per bus depending on the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the replacement buses," USEPA said. "Buses powered by 1994-2006 model year engines must be retrofitted with a USEPA-verified diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and have the option of adding a verified closed crankcase ventilation (CCV) system and fuel operated heater (FOH)."

Application does not guarantee selection, but it does give you a chance of being selected. In 2016, three entities in Pennsylvania and six entities in Ohio were selected to receive grant money through the EPA Clean Diesel Rebate. The application period is open until November 4th.  For links to the application, Frequently Asked Questions, and further information, go to rebates.  Good luck!



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