IOWA DOT AWARDS VOLKSWAGEN SETTLEMENT TRUST PROGRAM PROJECTS
The Iowa Department of Transportation has awarded $5,308,286 in funding for 59 Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust program projects.
In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a complaint alleging Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act with the sale of motor vehicles between 2009 and 2016 equipped with "defeat devices" designed to perform differently during normal vehicle operation than during emissions tests. This meant that vehicles exceeded the EPA compliant levels of nitrogen oxides during normal use. Volkswagen agreed to settle some of the allegations with the creation of an Environmental Mitigation Trust (Trust) to fund strategies that will reduce the emission of nitrogen oxides. Iowa will receive approximately $21 million in Trust funds for mitigation projects which will be distributed through competitive application programs over the next several years.
Applications for the third cycle for categories 1, 2, and 3 were received in March from private organizations, public transit system operators, cities, counties, and schools that own and operate diesel fleets and equipment in Iowa for $4.9 million in funding available across the three eligible project categories. In addition, $1.1 million was available for the second funding cycle of Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Supply Equipment toward two types of electric vehicle charging sites.
A full listing of applications received and awarded projects for each application type is available below. A solicitation for the next cycle of funding is planned for the fall of 2021 with applications due in early 2022.