Maryland Volkswagen Mitigation Plan

MDE's Volkswagen Mitigation Plan project proposal period is now closed. Applications are being reviewed and projects selected for funding will be notified once the process is complete. Projects selected for funding and approved by the Volkswagen Trustee are detailed at the bottom of this page.

This proposal period was not applicable for projects related to zero emission vehicle infrastructure. Applications for zero emission vehicle infrastructure will continue to be accepted past the deadline while the scope and criteria for this portion of the funding is still under development. More details on this source of funding will be available at a later date.
 
Maryland's Mitigation Plan is available here 
Project Proposal Template is available here
     
 

Listening Sessions Held in 2018

The first listening session was held on August 20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m to noon in the lobby conference rooms of the Maryland Department of the Environment, located at 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21230. Please see the attached presentation that was given at this listening session. VW Presentation -Listening Session.pdfVW Presentation -Listening Session.pdf

The second listening session was held on August 29, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The listening session took place at the City of Frederick Municipal Offices, Room C, located at 140 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701.

 

Background

On September 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a Notice of Violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen AG (VW), Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. alleging that model year 2009-2015 Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars equipped with 2.0 liter and 3.0 liter engines included software that circumvents EPA and CARB emissions standards for nitrogen oxides (NOx). This software is considered a "defeat device" as defined by the Clean Air Act. Approximately 550,000 vehicles in the United States had "defeat devices" installed; approximately 16,000 were delivered to Maryland.
 
On October 25, 2016, the U.S. District Court Northern District of California approved a Partial Consent Decree between the U.S, Justice Department and VW regarding excess emissions of NOx due to the installation of "defeat devices" on 2.0 liter diesel engines. The use of "defeat devices" has increased vehicle emissions of NOx, resulting in adverse affects on air quality. NOx emissions contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone. More information on the consent decrees for VW may be found here
 
The Consent Decree established an Environmental Mitigation Trust of $2.925 billion to fully remediate the excess NOx emissions from the affected 2.0 and 3.0 liter vehicles. The State of Maryland is eligible to receive over $71 million from the VW Trust for the 2.0 liter vehicles. A settlement for the affected 3.0 liter vehicles was reached December 20, 2016 as well and Maryland is eligible to receive an additional $4.6 million from the VW Trust for these vehicles. The State of Maryland is eligible to receive a total of over $75.7 million from the VW Trust  to use for specifically defined eligible mitigation projects. To guide the use of funds over the Trust's 10-year lifetime, Maryland has developed a Mitigation Plan that outlines the eligible projects Maryland will use to reduce excess NOx emissions.  

For more information on eligible mitigation projects, please click here.
 
 

Maryland Mitigation Plan

Maryland's Mitigation Plan is available here: Maryland Volkswagen Mitigation Plan.pdf.

MDE accepted comments on the proposed Mitigaion Plan until August 31, 2018. 
 
Maryland held two public listening sessions to provide an overview of Maryland's Mitigation Plan as well as to field questions from citizens. 
 
MDE accepted proposals for eligible mitigation projects through May 6th, 2019. MDE continues to review these projects for eligibility and funding potential. As projects are funded all relevant information will be added to this webpage as part of MDE's publicly available information requirements. 

Maryland Volkswagen Project Proposal.pdf


Projects approved for funding by the Volkswagen Trustee:

MDE Mitigation Plan Category  ​Funded Project Description​ Funds Distributed​
Dray Truck Replacement Program $571,676 for the purchase of 15 newer, cleaner drayage trucks at the Port of Baltimore. ​$0
​Alternative Fuel School Bus Grant​ $2,544,421 for the purchase of 28 new, alternative fuel school buses. Project will replace 22 old diesel school buses with new ultra-low NOx propane school buses, and replace 6 old diesel school buses with new zero emission electric school buses. ​$0
Maryland Freedom Fleet Program (EMA-1).pdfMaryland Freedom Fleet Program (EMA-1).pdf $1,267,550​ for the purchase of 22 new, alternative fuel heavy-duty trucks. Project will replace 20 diesel trucks with near-zero CNG heavy-duty trucks, and two heavy-duty diesel yard trucks with new zero emission electric trucks. ​$0
Maryland Freedom Fleet Program (EMA-2).pdfMaryland Freedom Fleet Program (EMA-2).pdf ​​$524,641.97 for the purchase of 3 new all electric shuttle buses. $0​
Maryland Freedom Fleet Program (EMA-7).pdfMaryland Freedom Fleet Program (EMA-7).pdf ​$327,270 for the purchase of 2 pieces of all-electric airport ground support equipment. $0​
State Agency D-4 EMA1.pdfState Agency D-4 EMA1.pdf $3,274,339 for the purchase of 19 new heavy-duty diesel trucks owned by the Maryland Department of Transportation ​$0
State Agency D-4 EMA2.pdfState Agency D-4 EMA2.pdf ​$10,413,356 for the purchase of 12 new electric transit buses owned by the Maryland Department of Transportation $0​