State and Local Agency Information (March 15, 2018)

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Basic information on the settlement and solicitation of comments on the development of the mitigation plan

AG’s statement when the settlement was initially announced (June 2016)

Department of Economic and Community Affairs

Maureen Neighbors
(334) 242-5467

Kathy Hornsby
(334) 242-5284
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  Alaska Energy Authority Betsy McGregor
(907) 771-3957


Click here   Department of Administration/Grants and Federal Resources

Matthew D. Hanson
(602) 542-7567


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ADEQ has an email list where interested persons can subscribe for information updates about Arkansas Beneficiary Mitigation Plan development.
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.  The RFI, including a draft plan and instructions for submitting information can be found on our VW website: The deadline for submitting information responsive to the RFI is November 1, 2017.
Department of Environmental Quality

Tricia Jackson Treece
(501) 682-0055


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The California Air Resources Board held two public meetings in October 2017 and will continue to accept public comments via an online docket system throughout the development of the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan.  Additional public meetings are anticipated to be held in early 2018, and a proposed Plan is expected to be presented to our Board for approval in Spring 2018.  California released a Discussion Document on February 16, 2018 containing staff’s preliminary funding recommendations and will conduct  6 public workshops throughout the State between 2/26 and 3/8 to get feedback. California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Lisa Williams
(916) 324-7582



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Click here for Colorado's proposed Beneficiary Mitigation Plan.

  Department of Public Health and Environment Christine Hoefler

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Click here for mitigation plan out for comment

Click here for comments received


The site allows the public to sign up to be notified of relevant state activities regarding the VW settlement and submit comments.  It also includes state documents related to the settlement.

CT conducted an informal public comment period between January 18 and March 6, 2017 and held a public informational meeting on February 23, 2017 on the proposed mitigation plan. CT received over 80 written and oral comments on the plan and the comments are currently being reviewed.

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

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The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is currently reviewing 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 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


  Department of Environmental Protection Preston McLane
(850) 717-9089



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

Margaret Larson

June Chee
(808) 587-2663
Email (for direct inquiries)


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Click here (for public meeting slides)

Click here (Idaho's Draft BMP)


On January 29, 2018, the State of Idaho was approved as a beneficiary to the trust, with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality designated as the lead agency by Gov. Butch Otter.  
On December 14, 2017, a public meeting was held to discuss the Preliminary Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP), and to solicit public input. Revisions were made to the Preliminary Draft BMP based on the December 14, 2017 meeting discussion and review of written comments received. 
DEQ is now soliciting written public comments on the Draft BMP until April 2, 2018.  DEQ’s website contains the Draft BMP, along with meetings slides, public comments and response to comments on the Preliminary Draft BMP, as well as a table detailing project proposal ideas received.  Stakeholders may still submit project proposal ideas, however, a formal project application will be solicited after the BMP is finalized.
Stakeholders may subscribe for e-mail updates from the link in the upper right of the DEQ’s VW Settlement website.
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality G. Michael Brown
(208) 373-0232

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Click here for the VW survey

Click here for the comment mailbox

The draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan is available for public review and input.  Written input will be accepted through April 13, 2018. Environmental Protection Agency

Brad Frost
(217) 782-7027





Click here Indiana Department of Environmental Management Shawn Seals
(317) 233-0425 
Iowa Click here The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) will be the lead agency. They are creating a state agency working group that will include the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The working group will review the trust settlement requirements and prepare an initial draft plan. Department of Transportation

IDOT contacts:
Stuart Anderson
(515) 239-1661

Angie Poole
(515) 239-1351

IDNR contact:
Jim McGraw
(515) 725-9543


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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has created a webpage to provide direction and information about the trust. On November 21, 2017, KDHE posted a Request for Information document to the state’s VW webpage. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Kathleen Waters

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  Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet, Department for Energy Development and Independence

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




  Department of Environmental Quality  

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  Maine Department of Transportation Judy Gates
(207) 624-3097

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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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  Department of Environmental Protection Email



  Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Debbie Swartz (Primary Contact for VW Settlement)
(517) 284-6903

Robert Jackson (Primary Contact for VW ZEV Projects)
(517) 930-6163

Minnesota Click here Minnesota’s website has information on public and stakeholder meetings and summaries of public input to date. Minnesota released its draft BMP for public comment on February 15, 2018 and will accept comment through March 19, 2018. There will also be public meetings around the state to obtain input. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Rocky Sisk
(651) 757-2173

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  Department of Environmental Quality Email

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  Missouri Department of Natural Resources Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Air Pollution Control Program
(573) 751-4817

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DEQ will post updates on the mitigation plan on the website.
Interested parties may request to be added to the agency’s information list (contact Kyla Maki)
Department of Environmental Quality

Kyla Maki
(406) 444-6478


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Nebraska held two public meetings in October 2017 and accepted public comments on development of a mitigation plan from September 21, 2017 through November 3, 2017.  On December 6, 2017 NDEQ posted a draft mitigation plan on the agency VW web page and accepted public comment on the plan through December 31, 2017.  On January 5, 2018 Nebraska DEQ submitted the state’s initial Mitigation Plan to the Trustee and posted it for public review on the agency VW web page.

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Randy Smith
(402) 471-4272
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

New Hampshire

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  Office of Strategic Initiatives Christopher Ellms
New Jersey

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Initial project solicitation ends January 31, 2018. Department of Environmental Protection Peg Hanna
(609) 292-7953
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
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
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 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 is using the feedback to develop NC’s Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. The draft plan will be posted for public comment in mid-March and a series of information sessions will be conducted across the state. Stakeholders may subscribe for email updates at Department of Environmental Quality - Division of Air Quality (DAQ)

Brian Phillips
Mobile Sources Compliance Branch Supervisor

Phyllis Jones
Grant Administrator

Robin Barrows
(919) 707-8445
Allied Programs Supervisor

North Dakota



Click here Department of Health Keith Hinnenkamp
(701) 328-5188
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Ohio EPA posted a draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan on its VW program website on 12/7/17.  Public comment is invited through February 7, 2018.  Information sessions will be offered in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus in January, 2018.  Ohio’s plan proposes allocating funds to all the eligible mitigation activities, and establishes a list of priority counties for expenditure of the funds, based on air quality concerns and the other factors set out in the trust agreement.   The most requested uses of funding during an initial informal round of public comment in 2016 were school bus replacements, transit bus replacements, and light duty electric vehicle charging.  To be added to the Interest Parties list for emailed updates on Ohio’s VW planning process and other diesel emission reduction grant opportunities, send contact information to  



Ohio EPA Carolyn Watkins

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The website now contains presentation slides from the first public meeting, which was held on December 5, 2017. This date marked the end of the first public comment period. The agency is in the process of including all public comments received during this first comment period on the website. At the bottom of the website, there is a link to sign up for the VW settlement mailing list.  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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Click here for the Pacific Northwest ZEV Investment Proposal


Under direction from the Oregon Legislature, the state will initially focus mitigation actions on targeted diesel school bus replacements. In anticipation of the January 30 beneficiary announcement, an initial mitigation plan detailing the process to identify and select buses for replacement has been posted for public comment and review (see website). Persons interested in tracking this process should sign up on the email list serve detailed on the website. OR DEQ has opened a period for public comment on the elements of a plan. Details about the proposal itself, the planned public meetings/webinars and how to attend and provide comments are detailed on the website.
OR and WA issued a joint ZEV Investment Proposal to Volkswagen that outlines proposed projects under the ZEV Investment Fund aspect of the settlement.


Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Kevin Downing
(503) 229- .6549

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


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DEP is finalizing PA’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, incorporating comments received during the public comment period and public listening sessions.  DEP has also submitted PA’s Certification of Beneficiary Status to the Trustee. Department of Environmental Protection Samantha Harmon
(717) 705-7686
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
Rhode Island

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The VW Settlement and What It May Mean for Your Community

Informational Document VW Settlement Funds

For a mitigation plan, RI will work with various state agencies to develop a draft plan. To be included in the plan, very specific target fleets identified to have the greatest NOx reductions. Department of Environmental Management Allison Callahan
(401) 222-2808 x2035
South Carolina Click here 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, will be posted to this website as soon as they are released.  
To sign up for email updates: (select “VW Settlement” distribution list under “News Flash”)

Department of Insurance


Kendall Buchanan
(803) 737-2420
South Dakota

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On January 29, 2018, South Dakota was designated as a beneficiary to the State Trust.  The state will soon be putting its draft beneficiary mitigation plan out on the website for public comment. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Barb Regynski

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On January 29, 2018, Wilmington Trust, serving as Trustee of the Volkswagen (VW) Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, filed with the Court a Notice of Beneficiary Designation for Tennessee and all other Certifying Entities that submitted their Certification for Beneficiary Status forms to the Trustee as outlined in the Trust Agreement. 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. Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (Office of Energy Programs)

Alexa Voytek

Molly Cripps
(615) 741- 2994



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  Commission of Environmental Quality Email

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

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On January 29, 2018, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources was certified as a Beneficiary of the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust.  Earlier in November 2017, Vermont released the Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) for public comment. The formal public comment period for the draft BMP is now closed and preparation of a responsiveness summary and finalizing the BMP are underway. 
For more information and updates regarding the BMP and Vermont’s administration of the VW Trust funds, visit the Agency’s VW Environmental Mitigation Trust webpage.
Agency of Natural Resources

Heidi Hales
(802) 498-7338

Deirdra Ritzer

(802) 233-0852

Virginia Click here Virginia developed a proposed state mitigation plan in 2016 intended to provide the public with insight into the Commonwealth’s vision for the eligible uses of the VW Trust mitigation funds.  The state conducted a public comment period (Nov 17 – Dec 16, 2016) and meeting (Dec 7, 2016) on the proposed mitigation plan. Virginia received 101 comments on the proposed mitigation plan that are currently under review. To further inform the state’s planning efforts, Virginia released a Request for Information (RFI) in April 2017 seeking early input from governmental and non-governmental entities on the type and scope of projects that they may later submit to compete for VW Trust funds, funding and project evaluation priorities, and methods the state could employ to increase participation in future requests for VW mitigation projects. Department of Environmental Quality DEQ: Air Division

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Click here for the Outreach Mini-Infographic

Click here for Public FAQs

Click here for the Pacific Northwest ZEV Investment Proposal

Click here for Washington’s Draft VW Mitigation Plan

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 Bret Rude
(360) 407-6847
Michael Boyer
(360) 407-6863
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

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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
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

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  Department of Administration

Beneficiary Lead Agency
James Langdon
(608) 264-6109

Direct Agency
Amanda Mott
(608) 261-6262


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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 has released the District’s Draft Spending Plan (Mitigation Plan) for public comment. This is the second round of public input and the comment period will be open for 45 days. DC Department of Energy and Environment Alexandra Catena
(202) 741-0862

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