The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that it is holding three public outreach events to describe projects eligible for funding from the multi-state emissions settlement with Volkswagen (VW). One of these sessions will be held in Albany on July 20.
The settlement stems from a 40-state investigation of VW’s installation of software devices that caused its diesel vehicles to cheat on environmental pollution tests. Mitigation projects should utilize funds efficiently to offset excess nitrogen oxide emissions from VW vehicles equipped with “defeat device” software that allowed them to exceed air pollution limits.
New York State expects to receive approximately $127.7 million from the settlement with VW to be used for mitigation projects that could be used to replace or repower older diesel equipment, heavy duty trucks, buses, freight switcher locomotives, and/or ferries and tugs.
The meetings are open to the public. Stakeholders including Environmental Justice groups, environmental organizations, municipalities, and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend. Registration is not required. Each meeting will include a brief presentation followed by open discussion of eligible mitigation projects. The Albany presentation is scheduled for July 20, 2017 (4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.) at the NYSDEC Central Office, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207.
For those that cannot attend the meeting, comments can be sent to VW.AppenD@dec.ny.gov.
Visit DEC’s website to learn more about the VW settlement and potential mitigation projects.