NACAA Seeks State/Local Information on VW Trust Activities

January 11, 2017 – As part of the settlement between the United States government and Volkswagen (VW) over the company’s alleged use of “defeat devices” designed to cheat on federal emission tests for diesel cars, a Mitigation Trust Fund has been established.  This trust will provide a specific level of funding to each state for eligible projects that will reduce nitrogen oxides.  While the program is still being established and funds have not yet been distributed, state and local agencies may have begun work on this effort, including developing beneficiary certification forms, drafting mitigation plans, establishing websites, reaching out to the public, etc.  Since it may be useful for NACAA members and others to learn how state and local agencies are going about the tasks related to the VW Mitigation Trust Fund and what documents or resources others have developed, NACAA will compile information from agencies to be shared on NACAA’s publicly accessible website (www.4cleanair.org).  Therefore, state and local air agencies are asked to send NACAA relevant documents or links that may be helpful to others and they will be compiled on NACAA’s website.  This could include webpages, public outreach materials, drafts of certification forms, information about mitigation plans, etc.  This will be an evolving website, so NACAA will welcome additional information as it is developed.  Please send any materials to Mary Sullivan Douglas of NACAA at mdouglas@4cleanair.org.