NHDES seeks public comment and notification of interest for Volkswagen settlement funds:
The U.S. EPA and the California Air Resources Board recently reached a settlement with Volkswagen and its related companies for allegations for violations of the Clean Air Act related to certain diesel vehicles. Under the settlement, states like New Hampshire could receive money for environmental projects. NHDES is seeking input on the use of settlement funds that may potentially come to New Hampshire. Please see the "Initial Proposal Regarding Use of Potential Funding" under Additional Information below.
NHDES is also asking that parties interested in utilizing the funds provide basic information on the type of project for which you may apply. This information will be used to help NHDES draft the required Beneficiary Mitigation Plan and in no way obligates a party to submit an application or limits the submittal of a different project proposal in the future. This is for preliminary planning purposes only. Please use the "VW Project Survey" under Additional Information below to submit this information. Instructions are included in the survey.
Should the State of New Hampshire decide to become a beneficiary, NHDES will provide an additional opportunity for public comment on a proposed Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. Any public comment opportunity will be posted on this web page.
On January 4, 2016, the United States of America filed a complaint against Volkswagen alleging violations of the Clean Air Act. The complaint alleged that approximately 580,000 model year 2009 to 2016 diesel vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen Group of America Inc., Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Audi AG, Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America emitted levels of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) that were as much as 40 times the federal standard.
On June 28, 2016, Volkswagen entered into an agreement in the form of a Partial Consent Degree to address the 2.0 liter vehicles on the road and the associated environmental consequences resulting from the past and future excess emissions from these vehicles. The agreement, finalized in October 2016, requires Volkswagen:
- Invest $2,000,000,000 over a period of up to 10 years ($1.2 billion in areas outside of California) on actions to support increased use of technology for Zero Emission Vehicles.
- Pay a total of $2,700,000,000 to fund environmental mitigation projects to reduce emissions of NOx where the subject vehicles were, are, or will be operated.
- Implement a buyback/lease-termination/vehicle modification program, estimated to cost up to $10,033,000,000 that is designed to remove from commerce and/or perform an approved emissions modification on at least 85% of the subject 2.0 liter vehicles no later than June 30, 2019.
Initial Proposal Regarding Use of Potential Funding from the Volkswagen 2.0 Liter Partial Consent Decree Request for Public Comment
The deadline to submit comments on the Initial Proposal Regarding Use of Potential Funding has been extended to February 10, 2017. Comments may be submitted electronically or by mail to:
Timothy H. White, AICP
Supervisor, Mobile Sources Section
Air Resources Division
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
29 Hazen Drive, PO Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095
DERA Project Proposal Form
Phase I deadline for submission of Project Proposal Forms – January 6, 2017. If not all DERA funds are expended on proposals accepted in Phase I, additional phases of proposal submission may be conducted.
VW Project Survey
Responses to the VW Project Survey are due February 10, 2017.
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