Utah will be receiving approximately $35 million dollars as part of the VW Tdi Emissions settlement. According to KSL.com Donna Kemp Spangler, the communications director at the Utah Department of Environmental Equality, says that Utahns can help decide where the large settlement goes.
Utah’s portion of the money will be used to offset the nitrogrn oxide emissions from the approximate 7,000 Volkswagen, Audi, and Porche automobiles. The agency has hinted at the money going to projects such as FrontRunner technology upgrades to reduce emmissions. Governor Herbert has also allocated $7.87 million for the replacement of diesel school buses from a separate 2016 partial settlement for VW violations of unfair trade, deceptive acts, and consumer protection laws.
From the DEQ Website:
Beginning November 1, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will seek public input on which eligible vehicle/equipment categories should be included in the final Environmental Mitigation Plan (EMP) for the State of Utah. The public comment period will go through November 30, 2017.
The public is encouraged to use the interactive calculator (Excel) to learn which categories will achieve the needed NOx reductions while staying within the funding limits.
Reviewing the advisory committee’s suggestions is also encouraged. The public is invited to comment on their recommendations as well.
At the end of the public input period, the public’s selections and comments will be summarized and made available on this website.
You can watch the DEQ recently held a Facebook live session below: