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Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Public Information Webinar

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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 hosting VW Diesel Settlement public information sessions across the state and now online via webinar. 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 the types of eligible mitigation actions that can be funded by Tennessee’s Environmental Mitigation Trust allocation. Previous sessions have been held in Nashville, Knoxville, and Memphis. Another in-person session in Chattanooga will take place on December 15, 2017.

A first VW Diesel Settlement public information webinar will take place on December 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CST. This information session will be free and open to the public, but registration is required due to space restrictions. We encourage organizations with multiple personnel interested in attending the webinar to register only once and have employees convene for the webinar together at their own work premises. Once you register through the Eventbrite page, you will receive the webinar login information by email from TDEC OEP. TDEC OEP will continue to coordinate and host additional meetings in other locations and online throughout the state, details pending.

Due to aforementioned space restrictions, this webinar can only accommodate a limited number of attendees. TDEC OEP will record this webinar and post it on its VW webpage as a resource for those who could not attend.

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