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. The court requires the mitigation trust funds be used to reduce air pollution from transportation. All 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and tribes are eligible to receive funds under the trust. Governor Jay Inslee designated Ecology to lead Washington's efforts to manage the settlement funds.
Washington approved to receive $112.7 million
An important step in the federal Volkswagen settlement is the beneficiary approval process. States and tribes were required to apply to the settlement trustee, Wilmington Trust, to become a beneficiary of funds. Wilmington Trust announced on Jan. 29, 2018, that Washington was approved. Now that states and tribes are approved, plans for use of the money can be submitted to the trustee.
Draft mitigation plan released for public comment
A draft plan that outlines how the state might spend the settlement funds was shared with the public in November 2017. We asked for public input on the plan and accepted comments for a little more than a month.
We're currently reviewing the feedback and will share a summary of those comments in the near future.