Maryland Volkswagen Mitigation Plan

​Update (5/7/19)​: Close of Project Proposal Period

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.

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.



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 will be accepting proposals for eligible mitigation projects that can potentially be incorporated into future versions of Maryland's Mitigation Plan. MDE is seeking project ideas from governmental and non-governmental organizations that align with the proposed Mitigation Plan. If you wish to propose a project for inclusion in Maryland's Mitigation Plan, please complete and submit this form:

Maryland Volkswagen Project Proposal.pdf

Diesel-replacement project proposals are due by close of business May 6, 2019. Proposals for zero emission vehicle infrastructure will continue to be accepted past this date while the scope and criteria for this portion of the funding is further developed. More details on the zero emission vehicle infrastructure portion of the Volkswagen funding will be forthcoming. 
Electronic submissions can be emailed to or paper comments can be sent to:
Mobile Sources Control Program
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd. Ste. 705
Baltimore, MD 21230
MDE will evaluate project proposals as outlined in the Mitigation Plan and Project Proposal Form and select projects for funding that best align with the goals of Maryland's Mitigation Plan.