Public Comment Form

Volkswagen Federal Settlement Proposed Mitigation Plan

The Washington Department of Ecology invites public comments on the proposed Volkswagen (VW) mitigation plan.  You may review and comment on the proposed plan through 9 a.m., December 19.

Washington is eligible to receive $112.7 million from the Volkswagen federal Settlement. VW violated the Clean Air Act by manufacturing diesel vehicles with software installed that cheated emissions testing by only turning on when the vehicle was being tested. Nitrogen oxides (NOx) contribute to the formation of harmful smog and soot. Exposure to these pollutants has been linked to a number of respiratory and cardiovascular-related health effects, as well as premature death.

Gov. Jay Inslee designated Ecology as the lead agency to develop the state's plan and manage the funds. Washington must submit a mitigation plan to the trustee prior to requesting funds.


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Mitigation plan goals and overarching principles
 
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Washington's goals for the use of Trust funds are to:

  • Reduce emissions from diesel engines in the state where the 2.0 and 3.0 liter VW vehicles were, are, or will be operated.
  • Fully mitigate the total, lifetime excess NOx emissions of the subject vehicles.

Washington will use the following principles to guide the selection of eligible mitigation projects:

  • Improve air quality for communities that have historically borne a disproportionate share of the air pollution burden in Washington.
  • Maximize air quality co-benefits beyond NOx reductions.
  • Maximize public health benefits.


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Priorities
 
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Washington will prioritize projects that:

  • Accelerate adoption of electric vehicles, equipment, and vessels.
  • Promote electrification technologies in public transportation fleets.
  • Accelerate fleet turnover to the cleanest engines.
  • Achieve substantial additional emission reductions -- beyond what would already occur, absent trust funding.
  • Ensure cost-effectiveness.
  • Leverage additional matching funds.


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Mitigation fund allocations
 
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The following list of allocations are an initial proposed percentage of investment in each category that Washington anticipates will be appropriate to achieve its stated goals.

Appendix A of the mitigation plan contains the full suite of categories and types of eligible mitigation actions.

Washington's proposed funding allocations:

On-Road Heavy Duty Vehicles =< 45%
Priority: Electrification of public fleets, especially transit buses
  • Class 4-8 School Bus, Shuttle Bus, or Transit Bus (Eligible Buses)
  • Class 4-7 Local Freight Trucks (Medium Trucks)
  • Class 8 Local Freight Trucks and Port Drayage Trucks (Eligible Large Trucks)
Non-Road Equipment =< 5%
Priority: Electrification
  • Airport Ground Support Equipment
  • Forklifts and Port Cargo Handling Equipment
Locomotives =< 5%
Priority: Publicly owned locomotives
  • Freight Switchers
Marine Vessels =< 45%
Priority: Electrification of public vessels, especially ferry vessels
  • Ferries/Tugs
  • Ocean Going Vessels (OGV) Shore Power
Light Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Supply Equipment 15%

Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) Option =< 5%

Total: =< 120%


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Disproportionately impacted communities
 
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An overarching principle of Washington's plan is to improve air quality for communities that have historically borne a disproportionate share of the air pollution.

Low income households, communities of color, and minority populations located near industrial facilities, ports, and high-traffic or freight corridors often bear a disproportionate share of air pollution. Ecology, in coordination with Washington Department of Health, local clean air agencies, and environmental justice community organizations, will use a variety of tools (Washington Tracking Network, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's Highly Impacted Communities analysis, Ecology Comprehensive Emissions Inventory, etc.) to identify and consider beneficial impacts of projects in disproportionately impacted communities.

For example, Ecology has determined that projects along the I-5 corridor, located near and between the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, including SeaTac Airport, represent the type of area that deserves priority consideration.  Through its stakeholder process, Washington will engage these communities to help identify appropriate projects that mitigate the impact of NOX emissions and improve air quality in their communities.

To the extent practical, Washington will use mitigation funds for actions that provide air quality benefits in disproportionately impacted communities.



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