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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

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, the Trustee will have 60 days to file a list of beneficiary applicants. Once beneficiaries are approved, they can begin requesting funds.

Read the Volkswagen blog

Read our blog about the investigation by the EPA that revealed Volkwagen manufactured diesel vehicles with software that cheated emission tests by only turning on the vehicle’s emission control systems when the car was being tested. As a result, VW agreed to multiple settlements, one being a Mitigation Trust Fund. Washington is eligible to receive $112.7 million from this fund.


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Ecology is dedicated to keeping you informed as the settlement progresses.
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State agency partners

We are also working with the Washington Department of Commerce, Office of Financial Management, the Washington Department of Transportation, and other agencies to shape the process to seek input.



*Please note, dates are approximate and subject to change as the settlement progresses.


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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