Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

aim :DEP announces availability of VW settlement grants

Dear Stakeholder,

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is initiating a stakeholder process on potential projects for Massachusetts’ funding allocation from the court settlement with Volkswagen (VW) and its subsidiaries.

From 2008 to 2015, VW illegally programmed over 590,000 diesel vehicles in the United States to violate federal vehicle emission standards of nitrogen oxide (NOx)—in some cases by as much as 40 times the legal limit. In addition to addressing the needs of consumers owning or leasing violating vehicles, the ensuing court settlement required VW to establish a $2.925 billion trust fund and a menu of eligible mitigation actions (EMA) to mitigate and offset the excess NOx emissions. Massachusetts will receive approximately $75 million of this trust fund to implement EMA projects in the Commonwealth. For a list of the EMAs, click here  and  here.

MassDEP seeks input on projects to fund in Massachusetts and is interested in projects that:

Stakeholder meetings will be held as follows:

  • Session 1:  Monday, Jan. 29, 2018,  1 pm - 3 pm
    MassDEP Southeast Office, 20 Riverside Dr., 1st Floor Conference Room, Lakeville
  • Session 2:  Monday, Jan. 29, 2018,  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Brockton Public Library, 304 Main St., 1st Floor, Multi-Purpose Room, Brockton
  • Session 3:  Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018,  2 pm - 4 pm
    Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave., The Kittredge Center, 3rd Floor, Room 303, Holyoke
  • Session 4:  Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018,  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave., The Kittredge Center, 3rd Floor, Room 303, Holyoke
  • Session 5:  Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, 1 pm - 3 pm
    MassDEP Northeast Office, 205B Lowell St., 1st Floor, Conference Rooms A & B, Wilmington
  • Session 6: Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, 6 pm - 8 pm
    Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack St., Ground Floor, Community Meeting Room, Lowell
  • Session 7:  Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018,  1 pm - 3 pm
    MassDEP Boston Office, 1 Winter St., 2nd Floor, Conference Rooms A, B and C, Boston 
  • Session 8:  Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, 6 pm - 8 pm
    MassDEP Boston Office, 1 Winter St., 2nd Floor, Conference Rooms A, B and C, Boston
  • Session 9:  Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018,  1 pm - 3 pm
    MassDEP Central Office, 8 New Bond St., 1st Floor, Conference Room 107, Worcester
  • Session 10: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018,  6 pm - 8 pm
    MassDEP Central Office, 8 New Bond St., 1st Floor, Conference Room 107, Worcester

For meeting planning purposes, MassDEP requests that if you wish to attend a meeting, register here.

Additional information about the VW settlement, including an option to submit project suggestions online, is available via MassDEP’s web page.

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