Last year, the United States District Court, Northern District of California approved the Volkswagen settlement and entered into a partial Consent Decrees to resolve claims that Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act by selling 2.0 and 3.0 liter diesel vehicles that violated the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s mobile source emission standards.
As a part of the Decree, Volkswagen was required to establish a $2.925 billion environmental mitigation trust fund. The Mitigation Trust’s purpose is to fund a set of eligible mitigation actions that reduce the excess NOx emissions from the Volkswagen 2.0 and 3.0 liter cars sold from 2009-2015. The Decree provided initial allocation of the Mitigation Trust funds to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Recently, the executed Final Trust Agreement was filed, which established the Trust Effective Date and subsequent due dates for Jurisdictions to become an eligible beneficiary and secure the funds from the initial allocation. The following illustrates a timeline for Jurisdictions to become eligible beneficiaries and secure Mitigation Trust funds:
|Process Step||Due Date / Date Completed||Current Status|
|2.0 Settlement Effective Date||October 25, 2016||Completed|
|3.0 Settlement Effective Date||May 17, 2017||Completed|
|Trust Effective Date||October 2, 2017||Completed|
|Certification of Beneficiary by Jurisdiction||December 1, 2017||Completed|
|Trustee Designates Beneficiaries||January 30, 2018||Not Completed|
|Jurisdiction Files State Mitigation Plans||~April 30, 2018||Not Completed|
|Jurisdictions Submit Funding Requests||Starting approximately May 31, 2018||Not Completed|
Propane-fueled vehicles can help offset the emissions caused by the VW diesel vehicles named in the settlement. NPGA and PERC have a variety of resources available including PowerPoint presentations, toolkits and facts sheets available to help you make the case with local jurisdictions. Please contact Lesley Garland (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.