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Alabama

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Department of Economic and Community Affairs

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Alaska

  

 

  Alaska Energy Authority Betsy McGregor
(907) 771-3957
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Arizona

 

Click here   Department of Administration/Grants and Federal Resources

Matthew D. Hanson
(602) 542-7567
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Arkansas

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ADEQ has an email list where interested persons can subscribe for information updates about Arkansas programs under the Environmental Mitigation Trust.

On September 5, 2017, ADEQ issued a Request for Information (RFI) on what eligible mitigation actions should be included in Arkansas’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan.

On June 25, 2018, ADEQ submitted the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan to the Trustee.

On September 12, 2018, ADEQ submitted to the Trustee certifications for a light-duty electric vehicle infrastructure rebate program and alternative fuels vehicle repower/replacement program. While ADEQ is not yet accepting applications for projects, ADEQ anticipates roll-out of these programs later this year following Trustee review of the certifications. 

ADEQ is in the process of developing certifications for the other programs discussed in the final Arkansas Beneficiary Mitigation Plan.

Department of Environmental Quality

Tricia Jackson Treece
(501) 682-0055
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California

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Click here for California’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan.

 

On June 28, 2018, CARB submitted to the Trustee its approved Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for California’s allocation of the VW Mitigation Trust.  The Plan was approved by the Board at a public meeting on May 25, 2018, following a 7-month public process with valuable public input.  Three California air districts will be administering the projects identified in the plan on a statewide basis and will be conducting public meetings beginning this fall to finalize the implementation details, including application process and requirements. California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Lisa Williams
(916) 324-7582
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Colorado

 

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Click here for Colorado's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan.

  Department of Public Health and Environment Christine Hoefler
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Connecticut

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Click here for mitigation plan out for comment

Click here for resources page

 

On April 26, 2018, Connecticut submitted its final mitigation plan to Wilmington Trust.  Prior to that, on February 15, 2018, Connecticut released its draft final mitigation plan and held a formal comment period on the plan. Connecticut received over fifty unique submissions during the formal comment period.  A compilation of all comments received have been posted on the “resources” page.  DEEP anticipates that grant programs and funding opportunities will become available later this spring. Future funding announcements will be made through the VW email list and on the website.

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Louis Corsino
(860) 424-3544
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Delaware

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The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has posted a draft mitigation plan on the website. Delaware has also established an email list for updates on state activities regarding the VW settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust. This email list and updates to VW-related activities can be accessed via the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Information Page website (provided on the left). Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control – Division of Air Quality Deanna Cuccinello
(302) 739-9402
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Florida

Click here for Florida’s Volkswagen Settlement Website

Click here for Florida’s Public Outreach Presentation

Click here for Florida’s Volkswagen Settlement Email Subscription List

On March 13, 2018, FDEP announced a series of public informational meetings and the opening of a 60-day online public survey and written comments period, the results of which the Department will use in the development of Florida’s State Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. Over this 60-day period, FDEP facilitated five in-person meetings throughout the state and two webinars. FDEP will post a summary of the survey results and a Question and Answer document after the survey and comment period closes May 12, 2018. FDEP will then develop a draft Mitigation Plan over the summer which will be made publicly available. Florida Department of Environmental Protection John Paul Fraites
(850) 717-9021
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Georgia

 

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The Governor’s Office has created a website for solicitation of public comments on the VW settlement agreement. Please direct any inquiries to this website. Office of Planning and Budget Chris Wells
(404) 656-3861
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Hawaii

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  Hawaii State Energy Office
Department of Business Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT)

Margaret Larson
(808-587-3813)
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June Chee
(808) 587-2663
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Idaho

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Click here (for public meeting slides)

Click here (Idaho's Draft BMP)

 

As of September 2018:
Idaho’s DEQ has submitted their final BMP to the Trust and is able to move forward with plans to develop VW Settlement programming.
An Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Program has been added to IDEQ’s website. 
This program will utilize 15% of the funds provided to Idaho for mitigating emission effects of light-duty vehicles
Applications for this program are being accepted until the funding for the EVSE program is utilized.
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality G. Michael Brown
(208) 373-0232
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Illinois

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The Illinois EPA has submitted its BMP to the Trust and has developed a new program, Driving a Cleaner Illinois, to distribute the funds.  The first round of funding is open through October 15, 2018.  Project applicants can access the Notice of Funding Opportunity on Illinois’ VW Settlement website or Illinois’ GATA website.  Potential project applicants and other interested groups and individuals can sign up for the Driving a Cleaner Illinois listserv. Environmental Protection Agency

Brad Frost
(217) 782-7027
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Indiana

 

 

Click here Indiana Department of Environmental Management Shawn Seals
(317) 233-0425 
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Iowa Click here The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) is the lead agency. They created a state agency working group that includes the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Iowa submitted its Beneficiary Management Plan to the Trustee on August 8, 2018.  The plan is available on the website. Department of Transportation

IDOT contacts:
Stuart Anderson
(515) 239-1661
Email 

Angie Poole
(515) 239-1351
Email

IDNR contact:
Jim McGraw
(515) 725-9543
Email

Kansas

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has completed the public process for receiving comments on the final draft of the Kansas plan. Plan was uploaded to the trust on August 6, 2018. Past efforts include participation in four information sessions across the state in late summer of 2017 and an informal request for information period in the fall of 2018. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Kathleen Waters
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Kentucky

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Kentucky’s website includes information on the overall Volkswagen Settlement and specifically the Environmental Mitigation Trust – 
Kentucky released the Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan on August 17, 2018 and will be taking comment on the draft plan through September 17, 2018.  A public meeting to take comments on the draft plan was held on September 5, 2018.
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Office of Energy Policy

Rick Bender
(502) 782-6888
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Lona Brewer
(502) 782-6899
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Louisiana

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  Department of Environmental Quality Perry Theriot
(225) 219-3258 
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Maine

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The website includes the Final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan; Information on Maine’s funding process thus far; Notice of Interest for Appendix D-2 Eligible Actions; Draft Sample Application for Appendix D-2 Eligible Actions; Maine’s VW Eligible Mitigation Actions 1-8, which lists final match requirements for actions; a flowchart of Maine’s VW Settlement Process; all of the comments received thus far; and contact information for the four funding pathways identified in the BMP, which was filed with the Trustee on March 20, 2018.  Maine’s submitted its first requests for funding to the Trustee on April 19, 2018. Maine Department of Transportation Judy Gates
(207) 624-3097
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Maryland

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The website will host the state’s mitigation plan when it is released for public comment. Department of the Environment Tim Shepherd
(410) 537-3236
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Massachusetts

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Massachusetts has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to seek input on how the Commonwealth might expend the $75 million allocation it has received from the court settlement with Volkswagen (VW) and its subsidiaries.  Responses to the RFI are due by May 18, 2018.  See the website for details. Department of Environmental Protection Email
Michigan

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is working to revise a draft of the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan based on comments received via a Request for Information and meetings with stakeholders.  The draft plan and comments can be found at www.michigan.gov/deqvwsettlement .  The MDEQ is coordinating with the Michigan Agency for Energy who will be managing projects involving Eligible Mitigation Action #9. Light Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Supply Equipment. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Debbie Swartz (Primary Contact for VW Settlement)
(517) 284-6903
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Robert Jackson (Primary Contact for VW ZEV Projects)
(517) 930-6163
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Minnesota Click here Minnesota’s website has information on public and stakeholder meetings and summaries of public input to date. Minnesota finalized the BMP in April 2018, and is currently issuing RFP’s for various projects.  Minnesota plans on offering grants for projects later in the fall of 2018. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Rocky Sisk
(651) 757-2173
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Mississippi

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Missouri

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Missouri finalized its BMP in August 2018 and submitted it to the trustee.  Application periods for several categories are opening in the second half of 2018. Missouri Department of Natural Resources Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Air Pollution Control Program
(573) 751-4817
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Montana

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Montana’s Draft BMP is now available for public comment (deadline is 5 p.m. August 20, 2018).  There will be an informational webinar/session on August 7. More information is on the website.  Department of Environmental Quality

Kyla Maki
(406) 444-6478
Email

Nebraska

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Following a 30-day public comment period, on 5 January 2018 Nebraska DEQ submitted the state’s initial Beneficiary Mitigation Plan to the Trustee.  Nebraska DEQ plans a phased rollout of different categories of mitigation action. A funding request is in preparation for a subset of FY2017 DERA projects designated for funding from the VW State Trust.  Additional projects to be launched in 2018 include transit bus replacements (applications closed June 8) and school bus replacements (applications close August 3).

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Randy Smith
(402) 471-4272
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Nevada Click here   Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
State Commission on the Control of Emissions from Motor Vehicles will work in advisory capacity

Joe Perreira
(775) 687-9416
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New Hampshire

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New Hampshire’s Beneficiary Environmental Mitigation Plan was finalized based on public input received during seven public informational meetings held throughout the state during April and May of 2018. The Plan, which was submitted to the Trustee on September 7, 2018, is available on the Volkswagen page of the New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives (Lead Agency) website. An initial project solicitation utilizing Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) and Volkswagen funding administered through the New Hampshire State Clean Diesel Program is scheduled to begin October 1, 2018. Office of Strategic Initiatives Alexis LaBrie
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New Jersey

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Initial project solicitation ends January 31, 2018. Department of Environmental Protection Peg Hanna
(609) 292-7953
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New Mexico

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In August 2017, NMED held 6 public meetings in New Mexico to provide information on the VW Settlement to the public and also to solicit input from members of the public. The presentation and fact sheet used at those meetings are posted on the website. NMED continues to accept comments and suggestions for the beneficiary mitigation plan.

NMED submitted the New Mexico certification to the Court and the Trustee at the end of November.

New Mexico Environment Department Rita Bates
(505) 476-4304
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New York

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NYSDEC is working with other NYS agencies in developing the VW Settlement mitigation plan.  A webpage has been posted with information on the settlement.  An email link is included on the webpage for submitting comments on projects to include in the development of the mitigation plan.  Upcoming public outreach efforts will be posted on the webpage. Department of Environmental Conservation NYSDEC
Division of Air Resources
VW Settlement
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518) 402-8292
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North Carolina

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Gov. Roy Cooper designated DEQ as the lead agency on Nov. 22, 2017. The Division of Air Quality manages the program and issued a Request for Information (RFI) on what eligible mitigation actions and priorities should be included in NC’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. The RFI included several questions regarding plan priorities and development. Comments closed Dec. 31 and may be reviewed on our Volkswagen Settlement website. DAQ used the feedback to develop NC’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. The plan for Phase 1 was submitted to the Trustee on September 20, 2018 and posted on our website on September 20, 2018. The state is currently drafting Request for Proposals for both the ZEV Infrastructure and other eligible categories to release in the fall of 2018.  Stakeholders may subscribe for email updates at daq.NC_VWGrants@ncdenr.gov. Department of Environmental Quality - Division of Air Quality (DAQ)

Brian Phillips
Mobile Sources Compliance Branch Supervisor
(919)707-8426
Email

Dave Willis
(919) 733-1482
Grant Administrator
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Robin Barrows
(919) 707-8445
Allied Programs Supervisor
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North Dakota

 

 

Click here Department of Health Keith Hinnenkamp
(701) 328-5188
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Ohio Click here

Ohio EPA filed the state’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan with the VW trustee 5/31/18 and is reviewing the applications received in the first grant cycle for on-road and off-road equipment projects, that closed 8/3/18.  One hundred sixteen applications were submitted requesting more than $47 million, for the $15 million available to award this year.  The next application cycle will open 6/3/19 with applications due by 3:00 p.m. 8/2/19.  Grant applications must be submitted through an online application form.  Ohio EPA will be reaching out to stakeholders in designated priority counties during the fall of 2018 to develop a prioritized list of sites for charging stations for light-duty vehicles.  The first Request for Proposals for installation of EV charging stations is expected to be released in early 2019.  To be added to the Interested Parties list for emailed updates on Ohio’s VW plan implementation and other diesel emission reduction grant opportunities, send contact information to derg@epa.ohio.gov.

 

 

Ohio EPA Carolyn Watkins
(614)644-3768
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Oklahoma

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Oklahoma submitted a BMP to the trust on June 8, 2018 following a 30-day comment period. Funding programs will roll out in phases. Phase I is in the planning stage and includes DERA, an Alternative Fuel School Bus Program, and the ZEV Infrastructure Program. The BMP, received comments, VW mailing list, and more information is available on the website. Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, with the Office of the Secretary of Energy and Environment serving as oversight authority. Heather Lerch
(405) 702-4100 
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Oregon

Click here for implementation status of the Initial Mitigation Plan.
Click here and here for the Pacific Northwest ZEV Investment Proposal

 

Oregon DEQ has posted its Initial Mitigation Plan for use of Environmental Mitigation Funds. Per legislative direction, the initial plan is to focus on upgrading diesel powered school buses either by replacement or installation of advanced exhaust controls. The plan will target 450 buses at minimum that have been selected in a random draw (see website). The state has requested funds from the Oregon allocation. DEQ will commence engaging with school districts as early as summer 2018 and afterward proceeding over the next four years to complete this portion of the plan. DEQ anticipates the Oregon Legislature will convene in 2019 to consider additional priorities and criteria for selection of future mitigation actions. 
OR and WA have issued a second joint ZEV Investment Proposal to Electrify America that outlines proposed projects under the ZEV Investment Fund element of the settlement. 

 

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Gerik Kransky
(503) 229- 5177
Email

For ZEV Investment Fund
Andrew Dick
(503) 986-3839
Email

Pennsylvania

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PA DEP launched its first two programs on September 20, 2018: Level 2 EV Charging Rebate Program and DC Fast Charging and Hydrogen Fueling Grant Program.  See the Driving PA Forward website for details.

PA was certified as a Beneficiary in January 2018.  DEP launched the ‘Driving PA Forward’ initiative on May 10, including a new website.  Driving PA Forward is the suite of 8 programs developed by DEP to disburse the settlement funds.  Information about Driving PA Forward and the funding programs is available at the link provided here.  Interested parties can also sign up for DEP’s Driving PA Forward Newsletter on the website.  DEP submitted its final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan to the Trustee on May 14, 2018; it is available on the Driving PA Forward website.

Department of Environmental Protection Samantha Harmon
(717) 705-7686
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Philadelphia, PA

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Philadelphia sent a questionnaire to stakeholders interested in participating in a project proposal for VW funding.  Many stakeholders expressed interest.  The agency leads a workgroup that consists of 40 different stakeholders that meet quarterly and discuss the VW mitigation plan status.   Rachel Andes
(215) 685-9422
Email
Puerto Rico     Environmental Quality Board Luis Vierra
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Rhode Island

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The VW Settlement and What It May Mean for Your Community

Informational Document VW Settlement Funds

Click here for informational presentation

Click here for the final BMP

RI Department of Environmental Management invited the public to an informational session regarding the Proposed Volkswagen Environmental Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) for Rhode Island’s $14.3 million allocation of the Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust.  The Department, along with Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) and Office of Energy Resources (OER), conducted the informational session. The informational session was held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Rhode Island College.  The public will have the opportunity to provide plan specific feedback during a 30-day public comment period. Plan specific comments may be emailed to Allison.Callahan@dem.ri.gov through June 11, 2018. Department of Environmental Management Allison Callahan
(401) 222-2808 x2035
Email
South Carolina

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Click here for the Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan

The SC Department of Insurance has created a website to provide information to the public relating to the settlement and to solicit public comments.  Copies of pertinent materials, including the draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan are available on this website.  
To sign up for email updates: doi.sc.gov/notifyme (select “VW Settlement” distribution list under “News Flash”)

Department of Insurance

 

Kendall Buchanan
(803) 737-2420
Email
South Dakota

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On January 29, 2018, South Dakota was designated as a beneficiary to the State Trust. The state prepared a Response to Comments to its draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan on July 10, 2018. A public hearing was held by the Board of Minerals and Environment (BME) to finalize and approve the draft beneficiary mitigation plan on August 16, 2018.  Comments received prior to the BME meeting can be viewed here. There were no changes made and the approved beneficiary mitigation plan has been submitted to the Trustee. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Barb Regynski
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Tennessee

Click here for Tennessee and the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement 

Click here for Presentations and Upcoming Events

 

 

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has been identified by Governor Haslam as the Lead Agency for purposes of administering Tennessee's Environmental Mitigation Trust allocation. TDEC has released for public comment a proposed Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP). The public may submit comments here or TDEC.OEP@tn.gov through 5:00 p.m. CST on August 17, 2018. All comments and input will be considered by TDEC. The BMP will then be finalized, submitted to the Trustee, and released to the public.
Following the finalization of the BMP, TDEC will release funding opportunity announcements and/or project solicitations. TDEC will also host workshops and/or webinars to provide the public with information.
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (Office of Energy Programs)

Alexa Voytek
Email

Molly Cripps
(615) 741- 2994
Email

 

Texas

Click here for Texas Volkswagen settlement website

 

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is currently accepting comments on its Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for Texas.  The comment period ends October 8, 2018.  The TCEQ will then prepare its final plan and submit the plan to the Trustee.  The first grant funding solicitations may then be opened late 2018 or early 2019.  For copies of the draft plan and information on Texas’ program, visit the TCEQ’s VW website at www.TexasVWFund.org. Commission of Environmental Quality Stephen Dayton
(512) 239-6824
Email
Utah

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  Utah Department of Environmental Quality Lisa Burr
(801) 536-4019
Email
Vermont

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The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources released its final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan on May 29, 2018. The Plan, and other information regarding Vermont’s implementation of the mitigation trust is available at http://dec.vermont.gov/air-quality/vw. For FY2019, the Vermont legislature has restricted the use of Vermont’s allocation of the mitigation trust funds to funding only zero-emission technologies and investments in EVSE. Therefore, vehicle or equipment replacements with non-electric technology will not be allowed in FY2019. Activities for FY2019 include the launch of an EVSE Grant Program and an Electric School and Transit Bus Pilot Program. Agency of Natural Resources

Heidi Hales
(802) 498-7338
Email

Deirdra Ritzer

(802) 233-0852
Email

Virginia Click here Virginia submitted a Beneficiary Mitigation Pan to the Trustee on August 9, 2018. 
DEQ awarded a contract to EVgo Services to develop a statewide public electric vehicle charging network.   See Governor Northam's press release here.
Department of Environmental Quality DEQ: Air Division
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Washington

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Washington will accept public comments on the draft mitigation plan through 9 a.m. on December 19, 2017.  Click here to comment.
The Department of Ecology will host an online webinar at 10 am on November 28 and a Facebook Streaming Town Hall at 6 pm on November 29.
Department of Ecology Brett Rude
(360) 407-6847
Email
Michael Boyer
(360) 407-6863
Email
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (Seattle, WA)

VW Settlement Project/Program Principles from Washington’s Local Clean Air Agencies

Puget Sound VW Fact Sheet

Western Washington Clean Cities Request for Potential Project Information

For map, click here

Developed map of region highlighting census block groups that may respond to the emphasis on communities that have historically borne a disproportionate share of the pollution.  See last link to the left.

  Andrew Green
(206) 689-4053
Email
West Virginia

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Once announced, the press release for the public comment period will appear here

 

  West Virginia Department of Transportation’s Division of Highways Perry McCutcheon
(304) 558-9286
Email
Wisconsin

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  Department of Administration

Beneficiary Lead Agency
James Langdon
(608) 264-6109
Email

 

Wyoming

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  Department of Environmental Quality  
District of Columbia

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Click here for the Request for Public Comment

 

DC DOEE submitted the final spending plan (beneficiary mitigation plan) to the Trust on July 6, 2018. DC Department of Energy and Environment Alexandra Catena
(202) 741-0862
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