Air Pollution Control Program
The goal of Missouri's Clean Diesel Program is to improve air quality by reducing diesel emissions from on-road and off-road engines operating in the state.
The department is very active in pursuing funding opportunities for Missouri's diesel equipment fleet owners and operators. When opportunities do become available, they will be listed on this page as well as any partner websites.
2013 Missouri Clean Diesel Program (Early School Bus Replacement Program)
Under the state allocated Diesel Emission Reduction Act, or DERA, funding for 2013, the Department of Natural Resources’ Air Pollution Control Program received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, to fund a clean diesel program in Missouri.
The 2013 Missouri State Clean Diesel Program targets 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. Additionally, by targeting school buses, the main benefactors will be school aged children, which are a sensitive group because they breathe at a faster rate and their respiratory and immune systems are still developing. Asthma is one of the most common long-term diseases of children and accounts for more school absenteeism and emergency room visits than any other chronic disease. Reducing diesel particulate matter and precursors that lead to the formation of ground-level ozone can help reduce the number of children diagnosed with asthma and also reduce the frequency of negative health symptoms for those that have already been diagnosed with the disease.
The Selection Process
The Air Program released a Request for Applications to solicit early school bus replacement projects to be implemented through the 2013 Missouri State Clean Diesel Program. All school bus owners and operators with school buses operating in Missouri were eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. The selected school bus owners will receive up to 25 percent of the cost of a new school bus. In order to ensure emissions reductions are achieved through this program, the buses being replaced must be permanently disabled after the new buses are delivered and accepted. On Sept. 20, 2013, the Air Program held a drawing to randomly select the awardees. There was sufficient funding to offer awards to five different applicants under this program. The results of the drawing are listed below.
The following five school districts will be offered awards of up to $20,000 to implement an early school bus replacement project for their school bus fleet:
- Clever R-V School District
- Hannibal Public Schools
- Joplin Schools
- Ozark R-6 School District
- West County R-IV School District
Per the drawing results there were 14 alternate school bus owners that applied for the grant. If one of the above mentioned school districts declines the funding or withdraws from the project, then funding will be offered to the next applicant in line. The 14 alternate school bus fleets in the order they were drawn are as follows:
- Hartville R-II School District
- Meadow Heights R-II School District
- Lee’s Summit R-7 School District
- Sullivan School District
- Winona R-III School District
- Hardin Central C-2 Schools
- Jefferson C-123 School
- Meadville R-IV School District
- Plato R-V School District
- Lift for Life Academy
- Greene County R-8 School District (Logan-Rogersville)
- Cole County R-1 School District (Russellville)
- Worth County R-III School District
- Sturgeon R-5 School District
Improving Air Quality
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is committed to developing ways to reduce diesel emissions which contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone. Diesel emissions are known to cause and aggravate lung and respiratory diseases such as asthma. Reducing emissions is an important step toward protecting public health and improving the air quality in Missouri.