Comment on the draft planThe MPCA is seeking comment on our Volkswagen Settlement Beneficiary Mitigation Draft Plan for investing Minnesota’s Volkswagen settlement funds. The comment period closes at 4:00 PM on March 19, 2018. Read the plan and provide input on our plan webpage.
Volkswagen has agreed to settle allegations that it violated the federal Clean Air Act by selling vehicles that emit air pollution over the legal limit, and by cheating on federal emission tests to hide the excess pollution. The affected vehicles exceed federal emission limits for nitrogen oxide (NOx), a pollutant that harms public health and contributes to ozone or smog formation.
As part of the settlement, states are eligible to receive funds to pay part of the cost of projects to reduce diesel emissions from vehicles and to install electric vehicle infrastructure. The MPCA is developing Minnesota’s plan for using these funds to improve air quality in our state.