U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Awards $1.2 million to clean up 49 school buses and protect children’s health in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin

CHICAGO (March 9, 2022) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the winners of 2021 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) School Bus Rebates, with $1.2 million in rebates directed toward 49 school bus replacements in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Nationwide, the $10 million in DERA rebates will assist with 444 school bus replacements across the country.

In addition, in the coming weeks, EPA plans to announce a new Clean School Bus rebate program under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which provides an unprecedented $5 billion over five years, to replace existing school buses with low- or zero-emission school buses.

“Diesel exhaust is especially harmful to children, whose lungs are still developing,” said Region 5 Administrator Debra Shore. “The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act protects children’s health and the environment by replacing older school buses with newer, cleaner ones.”

These awards are EPA’s latest round of funding for longstanding DERA School Bus Rebates. This year’s program awards approximately $10 million nationwide to fund the replacement of 444 old diesel school buses with new electric, diesel, gasoline, propane, or compressed natural gas (CNG) school buses meeting current emission standards. This program will award approximately $1.2 million in funding for 49 school bus replacements in EPA Region 5, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and 35 Tribes.

List of Awardees:

StateSelectee NameRegionFunding Offered/Accepted# of Buses to be funded
ILGreenfield Community Unit SD 105$20,0001
ILPeoria Public Schools District 1505$100,0005
ILStaunton CUSD 65$40,0002
INMonroe County Community School Corporation – APP 15$260,0004
MIHemlock Public School District5$60,0003
MIOvid Elsie Area Schools5$40,0002
MNHaley Transportation of St Charles Inc5$40,0002
MNPalmer Bus Service of Austin Inc.5$150,0006
MNPalmer Bus Service of Minnewaska Inc.5$50,0002
MNStahlke Bus Service, Inc5$40,0002
OHAnna Local Schools5$40,0002
OHColumbiana County Educational Service Center5$20,0001
OHIndian Valley Local Schools5$40,0002
OHRiverside Local5$60,0003
OHWadsworth City Schools5$40,0002
WIBrandt Buses5$20,0001
WINorwalk Ontario Wilton SD5$20,0001
WISchool District of Shell Lake5$25,0001
WISchool District of Westfield5$60,0003
WISD of Alma5$20,0001
WIStudent Transit – Eau Claire, Inc5$60,0003

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Clean School Bus Program

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides an unprecedented $5 billion over five years for the Clean School Bus Program to replace existing school buses with cleaner models. This spring, EPA plans to announce a new Clean School Bus rebate program for applicants to replace existing school buses with low- or zero-emission school buses. EPA may prioritize applications that replace school buses in high need local educational agencies, low-income and rural areas, Tribal schools, and applications that provide cost share. To learn more about the upcoming Clean School Bus Program, please visit http://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus.

To learn more about the rebate programs, applicant eligibility, and selection process, visit https://www.epa.gov/dera/rebates.