Washington is a beneficiary of $112.7 million from the federal Volkswagen settlement that was led by the EPA. Volkswagen installed illegal software that cheated emissions tests on many of its diesel vehicles. As a result, states and tribes are receiving money to reduce air pollution from transportation. Ecology was selected to lead the state's efforts to manage the 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.