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Oglala, Armour Schools Get Federal Funding To Replace Buses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two South Dakota school districts are among those receiving federal funding toward new less-polluting buses.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded more than $3 million in rebates to replace 210 older diesel school buses with vehicles that are more than 90 percent cleaner.

Seventy-six school bus fleets in 30 states will receive rebates through EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. Among them are the Armour School District in southeast South Dakota and Loneman School in Oglala on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Applicants were randomly selected and placed in order on a list until the $3 million was allocated.

The EPA says the diesel emissions program has funded more than 600 clean diesel projects across the country since 2008.