Volkswagon Settlement

Questions may be addressed to the North Dakota Department of Health at 701.328.5188, or email Keith Hinnenkamp (khinnenk@nd.gov).


Volkswagen Settlement

On October 25, 2016, a Partial Settlement and Consent Decree was finalized between the US Department of Justice and the Volkswagen Corporation (VW) regarding the installation and use of emissions testing defeat devices in over 500,000 vehicles sold and operated in the United States beginning in 2009. These devices violated the federal Clean Air Act and increased air emissions of the pollutant nitrogen oxide (NOx).

An environmental mitigation trust (trust) has been established as part of the partial consent decree to provide funds to the states to mitigate the negative air quality impacts of the violations. North Dakota’s share of the trust will be up to $7.5 million dollars. The trust establishes a process for states to receive the funds and develop environmental mitigation plans. The partial consent decree also identifies the mitigation “actions” or projects eligible for funding.

The Governor’s Office has appointed the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) to develop and implement the mitigation plan for North Dakota. The plan will be based on actions that reduce emissions of NOx and provide the greatest air quality benefit for the public.

What's New

During the March 1 to March 31, 2017 public comment period, the NDDoH sought public input on drafting North Dakota’s VW settlement environmental mitigation plan. Interested parties were encouraged to provide comments by following the requirements outlined in the partial consent decree. The comment period was not a solicitation for project proposals, but rather an opportunity for the public to provide comments to help guide the development of the mitigation plan.

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Last Updated: 09/21/2017

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