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Volkswagen Settlement

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. Please see the "Initial Proposal Regarding Use of Potential Funding" under Additional Information below.

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.

Additional information:

Volkswagen Light Duty Diesel Vehicle Violations for Model Years 2009-2016

Initial Proposal Regarding Use of Potential Funding from the Volkswagen 2.0 Liter Partial Consent Decree Request for Public Comment Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

PPT:  Presentation - Public Input Session on the Potential Use of Mitigation Trust Funds Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

Appendix D: Form of Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

Appendix D-2: Eligible Mitigation Actions and Mitigation Action Expenditure Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

Contact information:

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
timothy.white@des.nh.gov

 

 

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