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Air Quality Program

VW - Federal enforcement action

Volkswagen federal settlement summary

Washington is eligible to receive $112.7 million from the Volkswagen federal Settlement. VW violated the Clean Air Act by manufacturing diesel vehicles with software installed that cheated emissions testing by only turning on when the vehicle was being tested. Nitrogen oxides contribute to the formation of harmful smog and soot. Exposure to these pollutants has been linked to a number of respiratory and cardiovascular-related health effects as well as premature death.

Washington must submit a mitigation plan to the trustee prior to requesting mitigation funds. The consent decree has specific requirements on how the money can be spent. Ecology will consider how projects benefit communities that have been disproportionately affected by air pollution.

Latest news

Media release

State proposes plan for $112.7 million VW settlement.

Public comment period open for Draft Mitigation Plan

Washington's Draft Mitigation Plan is open for public comment from 10 a.m., Nov. 16 through 9 a.m., Dec. 19, 2017.

  • View the plan
  • Submit comments online
  • Mail comments to: Brett Rude, Department of Ecology, Air Quality Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600

Register for webinar

Ecology is hosting a webinar to share information about the federal Volkswagen settlement Draft Mitigation Plan and how to submit comments. To request ADA accommodation or materials in a format for the visually impaired, call Ecology at 360-407-6800, Relay Service 711, or TTY 877-833-6341 one week prior to the event.

  • Date: Nov. 28, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time
  • Registration required: Register today
  • Computer requirements: Reliable internet connection, speakers or telephone
  • Mobile availability: Yes
  • Webinar recorded: Yes
  • Telephonic participation: 1-855-929-3239, access code: 802 726 335.
    Please register in advance or email us for more information.

Facebook town hall

Join us on our Facebook page for a live town hall at 6 p.m., Nov. 29, 2017.

Trust Effective Date established

A Trust Effective Date was established on October 2, 2017. Washington applied for Certified Beneficiary status with the Court and Trustee for approval on Nov. 15, 2017. After December 1, 2017 the Trustee will have 60 days to file a list of beneficiary applicants. Once beneficiaries are approved, they can begin requesting funds.

VW - Federal settlement funds

Washington applied to become a beneficiary of $112.7 million to reduce diesel pollution.


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Consumer relief & affected vehicles

There are about 590,000 affected vehicles nationwide. Approximately 24,000 of them are in Washington.


FAQs & information center

View fact sheets, related documents, submit questions, or watch recorded webinars.

Subscribe to our Volkswagen listserv

Ecology is dedicated to keeping you informed as the settlement progresses. Sign up for our listserv to receive important updates, notices of stakeholder meetings and webinars via email.

For questions about the settlement, please email us.

For more information, visit:

Volkswagen partial consent decree
VW/Audi diesel emissions settlement program
VW Clean Air Act partial settlement

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