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REMINDER! Clean School Bus Rebates Application deadline is this Friday, August 19, 2022. SAM.gov entity registration required.

EPA is offering $500 million in rebates for electric and low-emission school buses. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021 authorizes EPA to offer rebates to replace existing school buses with clean and zero-emission (ZE) models. The 2022 Clean School Bus (CSB) Rebates process includes SAM.gov account registration, application submission, review and selection by EPA, purchase order submission and request for payment, payment receipt, new bus delivery and old bus replacement, and close out.

NEW! The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA): A Reference Summary for Clean Air Agencies

In the wake of this weekend’s passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, here is a quick and informal brief for the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) members that unpacks what’s in the law in plain English. This quick NACAA brief includes three sections: a summary of the overall provisions and two lists of all the programs funded by the IRA (one for all the funding going through EPA, and one for funding going through other Federal agencies).  These lists include the purpose, dollar amount, eligible recipients, and the page number of the bill so you can go look for yourself what Congress intended for the money. More news to follow!

Top Stories

White House – BY THE NUMBERS: The Inflation Reduction Act

AP News – In Biden’s big bill: Climate, health care, deficit reduction

The Atlantic – Not Even a Single Republican Voted for the Climate Bill

HuffPost – States Will Decide How Much Democrats’ Historic Climate Deal Actually Cuts Emissions

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/Tribes News

E&E News – Would the climate bill slash methane? It depends

Canary Media – The new climate law will help clean up air travel

TIME – What Experts Say About How Valuable The Inflation Reduction Act’s Green Subsidies Will Be

NPR – Scientists say landfills release more planet-warming methane than previously thought

Upstream – Shallow Gulf of Mexico operations emit more methane than the Permian, study says

E&E News – Supreme Court climate ruling ignites deregulatory challenges

E&E News – Meet EPA boss Michael Regan’s inner circle

KUNC – As the Colorado River dries, tribes see indigenous water management as essential

Climate Change/Energy

Inside Climate News – After 25 Years of Futility, Democrats Finally Jettison Carbon Pricing in Favor of Incentives to Counter Climate Change

Slate – Critics Call Dems’ Climate Bill a “Devil’s Bargain” on Climate. Here’s What the Devil Is Getting.

Reuters – Analysis: U.S. renewables investors see Senate bill sparking gold rush

Canary Media – The Inflation Reduction Act could revive solar manufacturing in the US

AP News – New climate deal spurs hopes of more carbon storage projects

Reuters – Analysis: Democrats’ bill will make mark on climate, healthcare costs

The Hill – Federal court restores Obama-era freeze on coal leasing on public lands

Toxics/Mobile Sources

NPR – What oil companies gain from the landmark climate bill

Jalopnik – The Inflation Reduction Act Could Cut EV Tax Credits But Boost Battery Metals Mining in the U.S.

E&E News – The EV charger that drops from the sky

AP News – Climate bill: Could coal communities shift to nuclear?

Canary Media – US climate law will help electrify more USPS mail trucks

Indoor Air Quality

ASU News – ASU receives 1st cryptocurrency gift to support clean air work

The Island Now – Air Purifier vs. Houseplant (Comparison & Guide)

Education Week – Improving Indoor Air Quality = Keeping Students + Staff in School