COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $480,000 to the South Carolina Department of Education to upgrade diesel school buses across the state.
In total, 24 school buses from 10 districts will be replaced. Locally, 13 buses will be replaced.
“The South Carolina Department of Education is grateful to receive this funding which will continue the efforts of replacing our state’s aging fleet with cleaner and more efficient buses,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman.
South Carolina will receive rebates that will provide $480,000 to replace 24 buses in the following districts:
- Clarendon 3 (1 bus)
- Florence 1 (3 buses)
- Florence 2 (1 bus)
- Kershaw (3 buses)
- Lexington 1 (7 buses)
- Marion (2 buses)
- Newberry (2 buses)
- Pickens (3 buses)
- Spartanburg 2 (1 bus)
- Union (1 bus)
Overall, the EPA awarded nearly $10.5 million to replace 473 older diesel school buses in 40 states.
The funds are in the form of rebates through the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding.
The new buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to asthma and lung damage, better protecting health and air quality in communities across the country.