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Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Plan



 ADVISORY: DNREC's Division of Air Quality will hold a public meeting on the VW environmental mitigation plan at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 23 in the DNREC State Street Commons Training Room, 100 W. Water Street, Suite 6A, Dover DE 19904. The mitigation plan is expected to have a significant positive impact on the State of Delaware; thus, DAQ is requesting input from the public to help develop a final mitigation plan prior to taking any formal action. Citizens may present comments at the public meeting or email written comments to, or send them by U.S. Mail to the Division of Air Quality (Attn. VW Mitigation Plan), State Street Commons, 100 W. Water Street, Suite 6A Dover, DE 19904. (NOTE: The public meeting is not a formal request for projects.) DNREC is gathering input from the public to help develop the Department's mitigation plan. Comments on the VW mitigation plan are due by DNREC close of business Monday, April 3, 2017.

Volkswagen Settlement with the EPA
On Oct. 25, 2016, a Partial Consent Decree was finalized between the U.S. Department of Justice, the Volkswagen (VW) Corporation, and its subsidiaries regarding the installa and use of emissions-testing "defeat devices" in over 500,000 vehicles sold and operated in the United States beginning in 2009. Use of these defeat devices has increased air emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx), resulting in adverse impacts to air quality and violating the federal Clean Air Act.

The VW Environmental Mitigation Trust has been established as part the settlement. States are to identify and provide funds to projects that mitigate air quality impacts from high-emitting diesel vehicles and engines. The State of Delaware’s share of the Environmental Mitigation Trust is approximately $9 million. The Trust establishes a process to administer and receive the funds for eligible mitigation actions.

Delaware's Mitigation Plan
In response to the Settlement, DNREC's Division of Air Quality has developed a proposed mitigation plan to accept and distribute these funds to eligible projects. The proposed plan is focused on the eligible types of mitigation actions that can produce the greatest air quality benefit in terms of NOx emission reductions, reduce public exposure, and promote clean vehicle technologies. The proposed state mitigation plan can be found here.

Getting Delaware citizens involved
States are required to develop plans that ensure they achieve the greatest air quality benefit in terms of NOx emission reductions, reduce public exposure, and promote clean vehicle technologies. Initial state plans are due 60 days after a Mitigation Trustee is named.

DNREC's Division of Air Quality wants to hear your thoughts and questions. To learn more about upcoming activities, please click here to sign up for the VW Mitigation Plan email Listserv list.  

Resources and Links

For more information, please email Deanna Cuccinello or call 302-739-9402

Date Revised: Mar. 23, 2017

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