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Friday, May 25, 2018

CARB approves plan to mitigate harm from Volkswagen defeat devices


Heavy-duty vehicle & equipment sectors will see significant investment in clean technology

Sacramento—The California Air Resources Board (CARB) today approved a plan to mitigate statewide harm from more than 10,000 tons of smog-causing pollutants released here due to Volkswagen’s (VW) use of illegal “defeat devices” in diesel passenger cars. The National VW Environmental Trust provides California with $423 million for this purpose.
“This is a landmark moment in the saga of Volkswagen’s environmental violations,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “Over the next 10 years this plan will put in place not only tools to clean up VW’s excess emissions, but also to help achieve further reductions of smog-forming pollution for decades to come.”

The mitigation plan approved by CARB will invest primarily in zero emission replacements for heavy duty trucks, buses and equipment. There is also money to reduce emissions at freight facilities, marine projects and light-duty vehicle charging.
Senate Bill 92, passed last year, also requires that a minimum 35 percent of the mitigation investment benefit disadvantaged communities. As designed, the plan approved today invests about 50 percent of the available funds in those communities.
The plan provides:
·       $130 million for zero emission shuttle buses, school buses and transit projects
·       $90 million for zero emission heavy duty freight and drayage trucks
·       $70 million for zero emission port equipment and marine projects
·       $60 million for combustion port equipment and marine projects
·       $10 million for light duty vehicle infrastructure
·       $63 million in reserve
The plan will be submitted to the fund trustee before the first actual withdrawal from the trust fund.

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