As recently recapped, part of the final civil settlement between Volkswagen and the USEPA resulting from Clean Air Act violations requires the company to pay $2.7 billion to an environmental trust. This portion, referred to as Appendix D of the settlement allocates $71.4 million from this trust between 2017 and 2027, based on the approximately 15,000 violating vehicles in the state.
Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) has been hard at work to ensure that Ohio receive the greatest benefits possible from this settlement. Specifically, we held at least three meetings with the Ohio EPA directly and others with a variety of stakeholders from across the industry. We spearheaded one joint Ohio stakeholder letter and submitted a separate letter from Clean Fuels Ohio to the Ohio EPA detailing our recommendations for implementing the Appendix D funding to its greatest potential.
Ohio’s $71.4 million in Appendix D funding presents an opportunity for Ohio to support a transition to cleaner and more efficient vehicles and fuels such as biodiesel, natural gas, renewable natural gas, propane, hybrids of various types, electric, hydrogen and others. Our recommendations are designed to illustrate industry best practices as well as highlight our experiences in the deployment of alternative fueled vehicles. In doing so, Ohio has the ability to curb NOx emissions, reduce smog concentrations, and lower CO2 and other harmful pollutants.
Furthermore, Appendix D of the settlement gives states the opportunity to use up to 15% of the settlement funds on the development Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure. CFO suggests that the Ohio EPA use the entirety of the nearly $11 million to fund these projects.
You can find a detailed description of the status VW settlement in Ohio here, which includes a timeline, and a map of priority counties for implementation. A full overview of the civil suit against Volkswagen by the US EPA can be found here.
Last week, Volkswagen AG agreed to plead guilty to three criminal felonies and pay a $2.8 billion fine, along with a $1.5 billion settlement of civil violations. Additionally, six VW executives and employees are to be indicted in regards to the criminal suit. Read the complete statement by the Justice Department.
If you have any questions, please reach out to CFO’s Jason Phillips at 614-884-7336.