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  • May 20, 2022 7:00 AM | Jennifer Bruce, CMP (Administrator)

    The online application is now open for EPA’s 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates. To help you prepare, EPA will host a webinar on Tuesday, May 24th at 1pmET to detail how to apply for the 2022 Zero-Emission and Clean School Bus Rebates. The priority applicant list and program guidance have also been posted.

    The EPA’s Clean School Bus Program website has all the information you need:  School Bus Rebates: Clean School Bus Program | US EPA.

    Here are some important dates to keep in mind:

    Activity

    Date

    2022 Clean School Bus (CSB) Rebates open and EPA begins accepting online application submissions.

    May 20, 2022 – August 19, 2022

    EPA reviews applications and begins the selection process.

    September 2022

    EPA notifies applicants of selection status and posts list of applicants and selectees online. Selectees can proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure.

    October 2022

    Selectees submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating that new buses and eligible infrastructure have been ordered.

    October 2022 – April 2023

    Project period deadline for selectees to receive new buses, install eligible infrastructure, replace old buses, and submit Close Out Forms.

    October 2024

    If you are interested, please do the following:

    • Register for the May 24th Webinar (pre-registration is required). Events Related to Clean School Bus Program | US EPA
    • View the program guidance and a list of eligible/priority applicants.
    • Review and begin the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebate Application process.
    • Sign-up for the Clean School Bus News listserv to guarantee you receive regular program updates.
    • Add cleanschoolbus@epa.gov to your email contacts to ensure our messages don’t go to your spam folder.
    • Review the EPA Clean School Bus website to learn more about the program and the benefits of clean school buses.
    • Email cleanschoolbus@epa.gov with any questions.
  • May 10, 2022 10:30 AM | Jennifer Bruce, CMP (Administrator)

    On April 27, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) entitled ‘‘State Inspection Programs for Passenger Carrier Vehicles’’. The ANPRM announced that FMCSA was considering a requirement that States establish a program for annual inspections of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). FMCSA requested information from all interested parties that would enable the Agency to assess the risks associated with improperly maintained or improperly inspected passenger carrying CMVs. The ANPRM also sought public comments concerning the effectiveness of the current FMCSA annual inspection standards, and data on the potential costs and benefits of a Federal requirement for each State to implement a mandatory inspection program. In addition, FMCSA inquired about how the Agency might incentivize States to adopt such programs. The comment period closed on June 27, 2016, and after reviewing all the public comments, FMCSA determined there was not enough data and information available to support moving forward with a rulemaking action. As a result, on May 1, 2017, the Agency withdrew the ANPRM. On November 15, 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was enacted, which directed FMCSA, to solicit additional comments on the ANPRM to determine if data and information now exist to support moving forward with a rulemaking.

    FMCSA has now re-issued the withdrawn ANPRM and is asking for comments by June 9, 2022. The ANPRM can be viewed here: 2022-09657.pdf (govinfo.gov).

  • May 04, 2022 9:00 AM | Jennifer Bruce, CMP (Administrator)

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) proposing that motor carriers operating commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more), whichever is greater, that are equipped with an electronic engine control unit (ECU) capable of governing the maximum speed be required to limit the commercial motor vehicle to a speed to be determined by the rulemaking and to maintain that ECU setting for the service life of the vehicle. This ANPRM follows a jointly issued National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and FMCSA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on September 7, 2016. FMCSA is requesting comments on this ANPRM no later than June 3, 2022.

    The ANRPM can be found here: 2022-09443.pdf (govinfo.gov).

  • May 03, 2022 10:30 AM | Jennifer Bruce, CMP (Administrator)

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened its third application window to award at least $1 billion in Emergency Connectivity Fund support to help “close the homework gap.” The application period is open until May 13, 2022 and eligible schools and libraries can submit requests for funding to purchase eligible equipment and services between July 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023. This is expected to be the last opportunity for funding under this program as the $7.17 billion originally allocated to this program will be exhausted. Funding can be used to purchase laptops and tablets, WiFi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connections to serve unmet needs for off-premises by students, school staff, and library patrons.  Information on how to apply is available here.

  • April 26, 2022 10:00 AM | Jennifer Bruce, CMP (Administrator)

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published two important notices in the Federal Register.   These notices include:

    Because the Department of Transportation (DOT) must follow the HHS scientific guidelines for DOT-regulated drug testing laboratory procedures, participants in the DOT transportation industry drug testing program should be aware of the proposals HHS is considering.  Any final rules issued by HHS regarding these proposals may affect the DOT testing program under 49 CFR Part 40, but only after DOT conducts its own rulemaking.

    Comments are due to each proposal on or before June 6, 2022.
  • April 26, 2022 10:00 AM | Jennifer Bruce, CMP (Administrator)

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published two important notices in the Federal Register.   These notices include:

    Because the Department of Transportation (DOT) must follow the HHS scientific guidelines for DOT-regulated drug testing laboratory procedures, participants in the DOT transportation industry drug testing program should be aware of the proposals HHS is considering.  Any final rules issued by HHS regarding these proposals may affect the DOT testing program under 49 CFR Part 40, but only after DOT conducts its own rulemaking.

    Comments are due to each proposal on or before June 6, 2022.
  • April 25, 2022 10:30 AM | Jennifer Bruce, CMP (Administrator)

    NHTSA Recall ID Number : 22C001

    Synopsis : Columbus Trading-Partners USA, Inc. (CTP) is recalling certain CYBEX Sirona M Convertible Child Car Seat, model numbers 518000385, 518002153, 518000387, 518002145, 518002149, 518002151, and 519000211, manufactured between November 3, 2017 and August 31, 2018. A child may pick pieces of foam from the child seat headrest pad. Loose pieces of foam can present a choking hazard to a child, increasing the risk of injury. CTP will mail a kit with instructions on how to seal the headrest foam, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 9, 2022. Owners may contact CTP customer service at 1-877-242-5676.

  • March 31, 2022 12:00 PM | Jennifer Bruce, CMP (Administrator)

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a Final Rule on Occupant Protection for Vehicles with Automated Driving Systems. In short, this Final Rule amends the occupant protection Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSSs) to account for future vehicles that do not have the traditional manual controls associated with a human driver because they are equipped with Automated Driving Systems (ADS). The Final Rule is effective as of September 26, 2022. The lengthy Final Rule can be found here: 2022-05426.pdf (govinfo.gov). A more detailed summary of this Final Rule will be forthcoming.

  • March 29, 2022 3:00 PM | Jennifer Bruce, CMP (Administrator)

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced what will likely be the last round of Emergency Connectivity Fund funding for eligible schools and libraries to purchase equipment and services such as Wi Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and connected devices (such as laptops and tablets). The application period will be April 28-May 13 and will include equipment and services purchased between July 1, 2022, and December 31, 2023.

  • March 28, 2022 11:31 AM | Jennifer Bruce, CMP (Administrator)

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Heavy-Duty Engine and Vehicle Standards.  The NPRM would reduce air pollution from highway heavy-duty vehicles and engines, including ozone, particulate matter, and greenhouse gases. This proposal would change the heavy-duty emission control program—including the standards, test procedures, useful life, warranty, and other requirements— to further reduce the air quality impacts of heavy-duty engines across a range of operating conditions and over a longer period of the operational life of heavy-duty engines. This proposal would make targeted updates to the existing Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas Emissions Phase 2 program, proposing that further GHG reductions in the MY 2027 timeframe are appropriate considering lead time, costs, and other factors, including market shifts to zero-emission technologies in certain segments of the heavy-duty vehicle sector. Comments to this NPRM must be received by May 13, 2022.  The entire NPRM may be found here:  2022-04934.pdf.

    The EPA plans to hold a virtual public hearing on this NPRM on April 12, 2022. An additional session may be held on April 13, 2022. In order to attend the virtual public hearing, all attendees (including those who will not be presenting verbal testimony) must register in advance using the following registration link: https:// www.epa.gov/regulations-emissions-vehicles-and-engines/proposed-rule-and-related-materials-control-air-1.

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