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EPA awards South Carolina $620,000 to replace school buses

Staff Report //February 22, 2018//

EPA awards South Carolina $620,000 to replace school buses

Staff Report //February 22, 2018//

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $620,000 to South Carolina to replace 31 school buses in seven school districts with newer, cleaner vehicles.

The funds, which will come in the form of rebates through the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (.pdf), are part of more than $8.7 million being awarded nationwide by the organization to states to replace or retrofit diesel buses in an effort to reduce pollutants.

Five S.C. school districts received $100,000, while two received $60,000. Greenville County, Colleton County, Spartanburg County District 6, Newberry County and Union County will each replace five buses with $100,000 awards, while Lexington County District 1 and Berkeley County will each replace three buses with $60,000 awards.

“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,” State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said in a news release. “The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control 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.”

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