The Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund is the result of a Consent Decree between the U.S. Justice Department, the Volkswagen (VW) Corporation, and its subsidiaries addressing the installation and use of emission testing defeat devices in over 590,000 2.0 and 3.0 liter subject vehicles sold and operated in the U.S. beginning in 2009. The settlement requires VW to pay $2.9 billion into the Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund, to offset the excess air pollution emitted by the VW vehicles that violated the Clean Air Act.
Indiana expects to receive $40.9 million from the Trust in, at least, three annual installments starting in 2018, with all funds being fully disbursed by 2028.
Pursuant to the terms of the Mitigation Trust, eligible projects to reduce NOx emissions from diesel-powered vehicles and equipment will include replacement and repowering of existing diesel vehicles or equipment with cleaner alternatives serving the same purpose. Indiana must develop and submit a Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (“BMP”) to the Trustee describing what types of eligible projects will be implemented to achieve reductions in diesel emissions, with a focus on NOx emissions, across Indiana.
(Revised August 2018): To view the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan Draft Framework, CLICK HERE.
(Revised August 2018): To view APPENDIX D-2 Eligible Mitigation Actions and Mitigation Action Expenditures, CLICK HERE
To learn more about Indiana’s Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Program, CLICK HERE.
South Shore Clean Cities is working with members to help them achieve the greatest success through the Indiana Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Program. Please contact our offices at (219) 644-3690 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to become grant ready!