Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Settlement
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Volkswagen and Audi Clean Air Act Partial Settlement
Volkswagen has agreed to settle some of the allegations that it violated the federal Clean Air Act by selling vehicles that emit more air pollution than the Clean Air Act allows, and by cheating on federal emission tests to hide the excess pollution. The affected vehicles exceed emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx), a pollutant that harms public health and forms ozone or smog.
Colorado expects to receive $68.7 million from the environmental mitigation trust. The trust fund will be used to offset the excess air pollution from the diesel cars. Colorado is taking public comment on a proposed plan for spending the $68.7 million. Colorado proposes to spend the money to replace diesel trucks, buses, freight switcher locomotives, and airport ground equipment.
Separate parts of the settlement would require Volkswagen to earmark about $10 billion to buy back affected vehicles, terminate leases early, or repair the vehicles. Additionally, Volkswagen is required to invest $2 billion over 10 years in zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, access, and awareness initiatives. Volkswagen, the U.S. EPA and California – not Colorado – will administer these parts of the settlement.
The $68 million allocated to Colorado will fund certain eligible projects to reduce NOx emissions from the transportation sector. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is the state’s lead agency to oversee how this money is distributed and spent. The funds will be used to achieve the maximum air quality benefits for the people of Colorado. In addition to cutting NOx emissions, the projects that receive funding are likely to reduce ozone concentrations and emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants. CDPHE has coordinated with the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Energy Office, Regional Air Quality Council, and other agencies to help develop the draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP).
- Class 8 Local Freight Trucks and Port Drayage Trucks (Eligible Large Trucks)
- Class 4-8 School Bus, Shuttle Bus, or Transit Bus (Eligible Buses)
- Railroad Freight Switchers
- Class 4-7 Local Freight Trucks (Eligible Medium Trucks)
- Airport Ground Support Equipment
- Light Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Supply Equipment
- Matching funds for projects eligible under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA)
9,350 VW or Audi 2.0 Liter diesels statewide (0.27% of the vehicle fleet)
- 6,065 VW or Audi 2.0 Liter diesels in the NAA* (0.25% of the state vehicle fleet)
- Excess statewide NOx emissions = 0.22 to 0.65 tons per day
*all dates are estimates and are subject to change
|Event||Approximate time frame|
Colorado proposes Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for public comment
August 28, 2017
*public comments accepted until October 13, 2017
Trust Effective Date (TED)
*Wilmington Trust selected as Trustee - March 2017
|October 2, 2017|
Colorado files beneficiary certifications
November 17, 2017
Colorado Designated a Beneficiary
|January 29, 2018|
Colorado files a Beneficiary Mitigation Plan
March 21, 2018
Colorado requests/receives funds
|Spring - Summer 2018|
Please send any comments about Colorado's implementation of the settlement to firstname.lastname@example.org . CDPHE and other agencies are currently developing a stakeholder outreach process to inform the public about the settlement and gather information and ideas. Please check back to this website as we will be updating this page.