Volkswagen Group of America and certain related entities (collectively Volkswagen or VW) admitted to violating the federal Clean Air Act from 2009 through 2016 by selling nearly 590,000 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel engine vehicles that utilized software designed to cheat on federal emissions tests by reporting inaccurate data on nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
Volkswagen partially settled its civil liability for these Clean Air Act violations by entering into judicial consent decrees. These judicial settlements require Volkswagen to pay more than $2.9 billion into an Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund administered by Wilmington Trust, N.A.
The State of Wisconsin is a designated beneficiary and will receive $67.1 million over the next ten years to offset the excess NOx pollution emitted by affected VW vehicles.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker named the Department of Administration as the lead agency to develop and implement a Beneficiary Mitigation Plan to utilize the Environmental Mitigation Trust funds for projects that reduce NOxemissions in Wisconsin. The State Budget, 2017 Wisconsin Act 59, appropriated $42 million of Wisconsin’s share of the Trust funds and established law directing how the funds must be used during the 2017-19 biennium. Specifically, the law requires replacement of eligible state fleet vehicles and establishment of a transit capital assistance grant program, under which DOA will create a competitive statewide grant program to award trust funds to eligible applicants for the replacement of public transit vehicles.
For more information on the Wisconsin VW Mitigation Program, CLICK HERE.
Wisconsin Clean Cities is working with members to help them achieve the greatest success through the Wisconsin VW Mitigation Program. Please contact Wisconsin Clean Cities Executive Director Lorrie Lisek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wisconsin Department of Administration is currently accepting applications for the VW Transit Capital Assistance Grant Program.
The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) is accepting applications for the Transit Capital Assistance Grant Program to fund the replacement of eligible public transit buses under the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust.
The Transit Capital Assistance Grant Program was established in 2017 to competitively award up to $32 million of Volkswagen trust funds to replace eligible public transit vehicles. The grant program will fund the replacement and scrapping of 1992-2009 model year Class 4-8 public transit buses with new replacement diesel or alternate fueled buses. The program gives preference to communities or routes that DOA determines are critical for connecting employees with employers.
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Written questions regarding the grant program must be submitted by Aug. 3, 2018. Applications are due by Sept. 28, 2018.