EPA helping Richton Schools purchase new clean diesel bus

EPA helping Richton Schools purchase new clean diesel bus

RICHTON, MS (WDAM) - The Richton School District is one of 76 across the country that are getting rebates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to replace older school buses with clean diesel models. The district will receive $20,000 and will use it to purchase a new bus which costs about $80,000.

Richton Schools already has one of the new diesels in it's fleet of nine buses.

"Once we submit purchase of the bus, along with proof of destruction of the old bus, we'll receive a $20,000 reimbursement to recoup our costs," said Dr. Noal Cochran, superintendent of the Richton School District. "We had to apply for the process, submit the criteria for our old buses, show that we met the dirty diesel requirements, to be replaced by the clean diesel requirements," he said.

The Richton School District is the only one in Mississippi receiving the money.

The EPA is awarding a total of $3 million in rebates to replace 210 older buses in 30 states.