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Clean Diesel grants help to fund bus upgrades, purchases

A 4th round of funding through the South Dakota Clean Diesel Grant Program is now available. The program provides funds for schools to purchase new school buses to replace old, high-emitting diesel school buses, and to equip in-use diesel school buses with exhaust control retrofit devices that significantly reduce toxic soot emissions.

The primary goal of the federally funded program is to reduce school children’s exposure to both fine particulate and smog-forming pollution.

There is no cost for the exhaust control retrofits. Any South Dakota public school district or private contractor that directly provides transportation services for the state’s public schools is eligible to apply for the retrofit option.

Any South Dakota public school district that directly provides transportation services and has not received a replacement bus in round one, two or three is eligible to apply for the purchase option. Total award per school district for a replacement bus will be at least 25 percent of replacement cost and may be more depending on the number of successful applicants.

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources intends to award funds to as many eligible applicants statewide as possible.

The application deadline is Nov. 18, 2011. For more information about the program, contact the DENR Air Quality Program at (605) 773-3151 or click here to visit their website.