Volkswagen federal enforcement action

Washington is a beneficiary of $112.7 million from one of the Volkswagen federal settlements led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The settlement resolves violations of the federal Clean Air Act after VW installed illegal software that cheated emissions tests on many of its diesel vehicles. Under the settlement, 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. Governor Jay Inslee designated Ecology to lead Washington's efforts to manage the settlement funds.

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Final mitigation plan submitted

Before requesting funds, states and tribes must submit mitigation plans to the trustee, Wilmington Trust. Ecology finalized Washington’s mitigation plan and submitted it to the trustee on Nov. 6, 2018. The mitigation plan is the result of an 18-month development process, which included extensive public outreach and opportunities for the public to comment. We will continue to work closely with a multi-agency steering committee to guide the plan’s implementation.

Next steps

The plan's initial focus areas include on-road heavy duty vehicles, marine vessels, and light-duty zero emission supply equipment. We anticipate announcing funding opportunities in the spring of 2019.

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VW settlement agreements

The EPA and Volkswagen entered into multiple settlement agreements that affect all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and tribes. Read more about the three settlements below:
Mitigation trust

Approximately $3 billion is available for states and tribes to fund projects that mitigate past, present, and future harm caused by the excess nitrogen oxides emissions released by the affected vehicles. All 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and tribes are eligible to become beneficiaries. Each approved beneficiary will receive a specific amount of money based on the number of affected vehicles registered in their area.

Washington was approved as a beneficiary on Jan. 29, 2018. We submitted our mitigation plan to the trustee, Wilmington Trust, on Nov. 6, 2018, and anticipate beginning to fund projects from the settlement in spring of 2019. 

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