Houston ISD to Use DERA Grant for School Bus Retrofits


The EPA last month awarded $1.05 million to the University of Houston to administer a school bus emissions reduction project for Houston school buses.

Tied to the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, which originated in 2005 and is up for congressional reauthorization this year, Houston Independent School District will install selective catalytic reduction systems on 10 of its school buses. The EPA said testing will be conducted “with the goal of collecting real-world data that could aid in the verification process.”

Nett Technologies Inc. was selected as the technology provider. The catalyst reduction systems are expected to cut particulate matter by 25 percent, nitrogen oxides by 65 percent, and hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide by 60 percent.

The Houston grant represents nearly one-fifth of a total award distributed by EPA’s Region 7. A total of $64 million in DERA funds have been distributed nationwide during the current fiscal year.