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Bureau Valley receives $1.7 million in rebate funding to purchase 5 clean school buses – Shaw Local

By Vaseline May31,2024

The Bureau Valley Community Unit School District was selected Wednesday to receive $1,725,000 in rebate funding to purchase five clean school buses.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that 28 school districts across Illinois will benefit from the 2023 Clean School Bus Program rebate match funded by President Joe Biden’s Investing in America agenda, including Bureau Valley.

The program will help Illinois accelerate its transition to zero-emission vehicles and replace existing school buses, which have been linked to asthma and other conditions that harm the health of students and surrounding communities.

In September 2023, the EPA announced the availability of at least $500 million for its 2023 Clean School Bus Rebates. The rebate period concluded in February 2024 with an excellent response from school districts across the country looking to purchase electric and clean school buses. Given demand, including in low-income communities, tribal lands and U.S. territories, the EPA doubled the amount of available funding to nearly $1 billion.

This third round of funding will build on the previous nearly $2 billion investment through the 2022 rebates and 2023 grants.

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