EPA awards South Carolina $1.1 million for cleaner school buses

Columbia, S.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded South Carolina more than $1.1 million to replace 57 school buses with new cleaner models.

"We are pleased to have been awarded this funding which will go to replacing our state's aging fleet with lower emission and more efficient buses," said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman.

"The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) played an integral role in the application process and we appreciate their support as these funds will truly benefit the health and safety of students and communities in our state," concluded Spearman.

The EPA  awarded more than $7.7 million to replace or retrofit 401 older diesel school buses in 27 states. The funds are in the form of rebates through the EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. The new and retrofitted buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and lung damage.

For additional information on the EPA's Clean Diesel Rebate Program, please visit https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates.

To learn more about the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program in South Carolina, visit DHEC’s page at www.scdhec.gov/DERA.