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The Missouri Clean Diesel Program strives to improve air quality by reducing 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.


2016 Missouri Clean Diesel Program (Early School Bus Replacement Program)

 

Under the state-allocated Diesel Emission Reduction Act, or DERA, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Air Pollution Control Program expects to receive a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund a 2016 clean diesel program in Missouri.

The 2016 Missouri Clean Diesel Program focuses on providing early replacements for school buses. School buses operate five days a week in highly populated areas.  They also congregate in school bus parking lots and school bus depots, which receive disproportionately high amounts of diesel emissions. The program's main benefactors will be schoolchildren, who constitute a sensitive group because they breathe at a faster rate and have respiratory and immune systems that still are developing. Asthma is one of the most common long-term diseases among children; it accounts for more school absenteeism and emergency room visits than any other chronic disease. Reducing particulate matter and precursors that lead to the formation of ground-level ozone can help reduce the frequency of negative health symptoms among children, especially among children who have been diagnosed with asthma or other chronic respiratory diseases.

The Selection Process

The Air Pollution Control Program has developed a request for applications soliciting projects for early replacements of school buses. The air program will implement these projects through the 2016 Missouri Clean Diesel Program. The air program will accept applications for early school bus replacements through July 29, 2016.  All school bus owners and operators with school buses stationed and operating in Missouri are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. If selected, awardees will receive up to 25% of the cost of a new school bus (maximum award of $16,000 per bus {two bus maximum per application}). In order to ensure emission reductions, school bus owners must permanently disable buses being replaced after they purchase and accept replacement buses.

On Aug. 19, 2016, the air program will randomly select the awardees. All applications determined to be eligible will have an equal chance of selection. The air program expects that depending on the number of buses included in the applications, it will select five to ten applicants, which will result in the early replacement of ten (10) older, higher-polluting school buses with new buses meeting the latest emission regulations.

The full request for applications along with the application form are available via the respective links below:

Missouri 2016 Early School Bus Replacement Request for Applications (RFA)

Missouri 2016 Early School Bus Replacement Application Form