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Middle Tennessee Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Public Information Session

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Sonny West Conference Center, Howard Office Building

700 2nd Ave. South

Nashville, TN

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In 2015, Volkswagen (VW) publicly admitted that it had secretly and deliberately installed a defeat device -- software designed to cheat emissions tests and deceive federal and state regulators -- in approximately 590,000 model year 2009 to 2016 motor vehicles containing 2.0 and 3.0 liter diesel engines. U.S. EPA filed a complaint against VW, alleging that the company had violated the Clean Air Act.

$2.9 billion in settlement funds from the resulting 2.0 and 3.0 liter partial settlements will be placed into an Environmental Mitigation Trust, which will fund environmental mitigation projects that reduce NOx emissions. Trust funds will be allocated among beneficiaries (states, certain territories, and tribes) based on the number of impacted VW vehicles in their jurisdictions.

Tennessee’s initial, combined allocation under the approved 2.0 and 3.0 liter partial settlements is $45,759,914.40. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has been identified by Governor Bill Haslam as the Lead Agency for purposes of administering Tennessee’s trust allocation.

TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs (OEP) is planning to hold three VW Diesel Settlement public information sessions in Nashville, Knoxville, and Memphis. These meetings will provide an overview of the VW Diesel Settlement, the Environmental Mitigation Trust, TDEC's process for developing a proposed Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for Tennessee, and an overview of the types of eligible mitigation actions that can be funded by Tennessee’s Environmental Mitigation Trust allocation.

The VW Diesel Settlement public information session for Middle Tennessee will take place at the Sonny West Conference Center in the Howard Office Building in Nashville, TN, from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Central on October 31. This information session will be free and open to the public, but registration is required due to space restrictions. Should there be additional demand and interest, TDEC OEP will coordinate and host additional meetings in other locations throughout the State.

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