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EPA Clean Diesel Grant Program Applications Open
South Dakota Ag Connection - 11/08/2018

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is accepting applications for the EPA Clean Diesel Grant Program. The program provides rebates for purchasing new buses to replace old, high-emitting diesel buses. The goal is to reduce school children's exposure to fine particulate and smog-forming pollution and to facilitate improvement and protection of ambient air quality throughout South Dakota.

Eligible applicants include public schools, non-public schools, state special schools, approved educational programs, shuttle or transit system providers, and school bus contractors.

The initial application deadline for the EPA Clean Diesel Grant Program is Dec. 14. Interested parties are encouraged to contact DENR at 605-773-3151 or obtain application guidance at denr.sd.gov/des/aq/aadera.aspx.

Total rebate per replacement bus will be up to 25% of the purchase price of a 2018 engine model year or newer engine certified to EPA emission standards, 35% of the purchase price for engines meeting the California Air Resources Board Low-NOx standards, or 45% of the purchase price of an all-electric bus. DENR will award funds to as many eligible applicants as possible.

Initially, there will be approximately $280,000 from the federal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act available for the program in South Dakota. If the 2019 state Legislature approves spending authority for the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust, an additional $837,000 will be available for bus replacement.

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