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The Missouri Clean Diesel Program strives to improve air quality by reducing dangerous emissions from on-road and off-road diesel engines. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources pursues funding opportunities for Missouri's fleet owners and operators of diesel equipment. When opportunities become available, the department will list them on this page as well as on partner websites.

2015 Missouri Clean Diesel Program (Early School Bus Replacement Program)

Through the U.S. Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA), the department’s Air Pollution Control Program received a 2015 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Missouri Clean Diesel Program is funding replacements for school buses whose engines were built between 1993 and 2006. The air program conducted a similar program two years ago and randomly selected five school districts to receive the award. Like it did in 2013, the Missouri Clean Diesel Program is paying up to 25 percent of the cost of new school buses.

School buses operate five days a week in highly populated areas. They also congregate in parking lots and depots, which have disproportionately high amounts of diesel emissions. By focusing on school buses, the Missouri Clean Diesel Program benefits school-age children, who have respiratory and immune systems that are still developing. Asthma is one of the most common long-term diseases during childhood, and it accounts for more school absenteeism and emergency-room visits than any other chronic disease experienced by children. Diesel engines emit particulate matter and precursors of ground-level ozone, so reducing these pollutants can help minimize periods of poor health in children, especially those who have asthma or other chronic respiratory diseases.

According to figures from the EPA, replacing a school bus built in 2000 with a 2015 model can reduce emissions of pollutants by substantial amounts. For instance, carbon-monoxide emissions fall by more than 60 percent, and emissions of particulate matter can fall by 97 percent. Emissions of other pollutants also can fall by more than 90 percent. Children, families, and school employees will reap health benefits from this program.

The 2015 Selection Process

This summer, the air program posted a request for applications to the 2015 Missouri Clean Diesel Program. The deadline was Aug. 31, 2015. All owners and operators of school buses operating in Missouri were eligible to apply.

On September 21, 2015, the air program randomly selected six recipients. All eligible applicants had an equal chance of being selected. In order to ensure that the project results in the reduction of harmful emissions, the air program stipulated that recipients must permanently disable the old buses after recipients purchase new ones.

The air program drew the names of the following owners/operators first and offered them awards to implement the project: Huskey Bus and Transportation Services, Knox County R-1 School District, Orchard Farm R-V School District, Rich Hill R-IV School District, Ripley County R-III School District, and Sullivan School District.

Seventeen other school bus owners also applied for the grant.  If one of the above-mentioned school districts declines the funding or withdraws from the project, the air program will offer funding to the next applicant in line. The 17 alternative school bus fleets appear, as follows, in the order they were drawn after the first six:

1. Clever R-V School District 9. Winston R-VI School District
2. School of the Osage 10. Holcomb R-III School District
3. Winona R-III School District 11. Central R-3 School District
4. Lincoln County R-III School District 12. Holliday C-2 School District
5. Sherwood Cass R-VIII School District 13. Blue Springs R-IV School District
6. Northeast Vernon County R-1 School District 14. Strain-Japan R-16 School District
7. Westran R-1 School District 15. West County R-IV School District
8. North Kansas City Schools 16. Macon County R-I School District
17. Scotland County R-1 School District