May 31, 2018

CT offers up $7.5M from VW emissions scandal

HBJ File Photo
HBJ File Photo
A Volkswagens dealership in Hartford.

Connecticut is soliciting clean diesel projects to compete for a $7.5 million portion of the state's coming $55.7 million settlement with Volkswagen and two affiliates over the German marques' efforts to cheat state-federal emissions rules for their diesel-car fleet, the governor says.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday the state will plow the settlement proceeds from VW, and its Audi and Porsche luxury marques, into qualified public- and private-sector efforts to curb nitrogen oxide emissions, among other program requirements.

Using the funds for such efforts, including retiring older smoky, less fuel-efficient diesel engines used in off-road and power equipment, was a condition of the settlement.

"Climate change is real and cannot be ignored, and efforts to fight it also make Connecticut residents safer," Malloy said. "That's why it's so vitally important that we set high standards for reduced emissions."

"While it will be impossible to offset the entirety of pollution that resulted from VW's emissions cheating, the release of these funds will help to improve air quality and protect public health in Connecticut," he said.

Collectively, VW and its units have agreed to pay $25 billion to settle state, federal and consumer claims, plus buy back thousands of diesel-powered vehicles.

Application forms and guidance for Connecticut's diesel emissions mitigation program are available at the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) website at www.ct.gov/deep/vw.

DEEP has also scheduled a June 14 webinar fo review the application forms and related instructions for potential applicants. Project proposals are due to DEEP by 5 p.m. on July 31, 2018.

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