On October 25, 2016, a Partial Consent Decree was finalized between the United States Justice Department, the Volkswagen (VW) Corporation, and its subsidiaries 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. Use of these defeat devices has increased air emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOX), resulting in adverse impacts to air quality and violating the federal Clean Air Act.
In response to the Settlement, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Air Quality has developed a proposed mitigation plan to accept and distribute these funds to eligible projects. The proposed plan is focused on the eligible types of mitigation actions that can produce the greatest air quality benefit in terms of NOX emission reductions, reduce public exposure, and promote clean vehicle technologies. The plan is expected to have a significant positive impact on Delaware; DAQ is requesting input from the public to help develop a final mitigation plan prior to taking any formal action. The proposed state mitigation plan can be found at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/air/Pages/VWMitigationPlan.aspx Public comments are being accepted until Close of Business Monday, April 3, 2017. Written comments may be sent to VW_Mitigation_Plan@state.de.us or mailed to: Division of Air Quality, State Street Commons, 100 W. Water Street, Suite 6A, Dover, DE 19904
Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
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Dover DE 19904
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