Washington will receive $141 million from Volkswagen to settle violations of the state and federal Clean Air Acts. The funds are the result of a $112.7 million federal settlement negotiated by EPA and $28.4 million from a separate state settlement. Our goal for investing the funds is to maximize air pollution reductions in communities affected by harmful diesel exhaust.
Under the settlements, money can be invested in projects that replace or repower eligible vehicles, vessels, and equipment with new less-polluting diesel engines, alternate fueled (compressed natural gas, propane, or hybrid) or all-electric engines, and developing charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The governor designated Ecology to lead Washington's efforts to manage the settlement funds.
See specific grant guidelines for eligibility criteria.
After finalizing the scope of each funding opportunity, we submit funding requests (Federal Settlement Appendix D-4: Beneficiary Eligible Mitigation Action Certifications) to the Trustee.