U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in celebration of Children’s Health Month, announced Tuesday, Oct. 6, the availability of approximately $10 million in rebates to public school bus fleet owners for replacing older school buses, helping improve air quality in communities and better protect children’s health.

From 2017-2020, more than $32 million is expected to be awarded, helping to replace or retrofit more than 1,700 school buses across the country.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said, “The Trump Administration is improving school bus fleets across the country with retrofits, replacements, and idle reduction practices. These improvements are critical to meeting the agency’s goal of reducing children’s exposure to air toxics.”

New diesel engines meeting EPA standards are more than 90% cleaner than older ones. Many older diesel engines that predate these standards, however, are still in operation. Older diesel engines emit large quantities of pollutants such as particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), pollutants which have been linked to serious health problems such as aggravated asthma and lung damage.

This is the eighth rebate program to fund cleaner school buses offered under Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) appropriations. The rebate program has funded vehicle replacements or retrofits for over 2,000 school buses to date.

EPA is accepting applications until Friday, Oct. 30. Questions about applying may be directed to DERA@epa.gov. For more information about the rebate program, applicant eligibility, selection process, available technologies, and informational webinar dates visit www.epa.gov/dera/rebates.