Indiana VW Mitigation Trust Fund Plan Development Ramping Up

Over the next few months, several meetings and workshops will be held around the state to assist in the planning and use of Indiana’s $41 million dollar VW Mitigation Trust Fund settlement.  Read on to learn when, where and how your thoughts on the best use of the funds can be heard and how your fleet can begin preparing to benefit from the funds.

IDEM and VW Mitigation Trust Fund Committee Members Hosts First of Five Statewide VW Mitigation Trust Public Meeting

The State must submit a Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) to Wilmington Trust, the VW Settlement national trustee, for approval in order to access the trust funds. The information collected through the comment period will be used to inform the Final BMP submitted for approval.   Indiana’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan will be based on clean diesel projects that can produce the greatest air quality benefit in terms of diesel emission reductions, with a particular focus on nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission reductions. Indiana also seeks innovative projects that will have lasting impacts on not only Indiana’s air quality, but its infrastructure and economy as well.

Download the IDEM BMP Framework

The BMP comment period ends March 31, 2018.

The Greater Indiana Clean Cities is here to help its members access these funds. Contact Kellie with any questions regarding the plan, assistance in drafting comments for use in the planning process or to discuss your fleets project interest.

The remaining four meetings are a follow:

February 6, 2018

  • Time: 6:00 PM CST
  • Location: Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission, 6100 Southport Road, Portage, IN 46368

February 13, 2018

  • Time: 6:00 PM CST
  • Location: CK Newsome Community Center, 100 Walnut Street #1, Evansville, IN 47713

February 21, 2018

  • Time: 6:30 PM EST
  • Location: Allen County Public Library Aboite Branch, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46804

February 26, 2018

  • Time: 6:00 PM EST
  • Location: Jackson County Public Library Seymour Branch, 303 West Second Street, Seymour, IN 47274

Greater Indiana Clean Cities Hosts VW Workshop in Fort Wayne

Friday, February 9, 2018 | Citizens Square 9:00a – 12:00p ET

This half-day meeting will provide an update on Indiana’s VW Mitigation Trust Fund use plan development and how diesel fleet operators can take advantage of Indiana’s nearly $41 Million settlement to reduce Nox emissions across the state from the offending VW 20 and 3.0 liter engines that used the defeat devices during EPA emissions testing.

Kicking off the meeting, Valerie Tachtiris, IDEM Deputy Assistant Commissioner will discuss Indiana’s VW Mitigation Trust Program and how to submit suggestions for use of Indiana’s settlement.

Clean transportation Industry partner presentations will be followed by a discussion session, led by Greater Indiana Clean Cities and the Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council Executive Directors, on building a regional application partnership.

IDEM To Discuss Indiana VW Beneficiary Mitigation Plan at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis

Thursday, March 8th | 2:30p to 3:30p
Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN
Rooms 103 – 104

During The Work Truck Show® 2018, Shawn Seals, senior environmental manager and DieselWise administrator from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), will share details on the $41 million Indiana is poised to receive from Volkswagen settlement funds. The presentation will include details on eligible projects and the timeline for key components of the Indiana Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Program, including development of Indiana’s Beneficiary Mitigati on Plan, solicitation for eligible projects and successful implementation of awarded programs.