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Air Quality Program

Federal Volkswagen settlement webinar to be held Feb. 2, 2017

WebinarEcology is hosting a webinar to share information about the federal Volkswagen settlement and the monies available to our state. Washington is eligible to receive $112.7 million from the settlement. The Department of Ecology has been provided with guidelines on how to become a beneficiary and how the funds can be used. We would like to update you on the process and developments in this 45-minute webinar.

  • Date: Feb. 2, 2017
  • Time: 1- 1:45 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
  • Registration required: Register today
  • Computer requirements: Reliable internet connection, speakers
  • Mobile availability: Yes
  • Webinar recorded: Yes
  • Telephonic participation: 877-668-4493, access code: 926 070 525.
    Please register in advance or email us for more information.

Volkswagen enforcement actions

The Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have taken action against Volkswagen for violating the state and federal clean air acts. Volkswagen installed illegal software on some of its diesel vehicles. The software cheated emissions tests by only turning on the vehicle’s emission control systems when the car was being tested. The car maker admitted to its illegal actions after the EPA launched an investigation.

Federal Action

During January 2016, the Department of Justice, on behalf of EPA, filed a lawsuit against VW. The car maker agreed to pay $14.7 billion to help consumers who own affected vehicles with 2.0 liter engines and to lessen the harm caused by the excess emissions.


State Action

Ecology issued a $176 million Notice of Penalty to VW for installing the software. Vehicles are emitting up to 40 times the permitted levels of nitrogen oxides as a result of the software. Volkswagen received two notices of violation from Ecology on Nov. 10, 2015 and March 10, 2016 before receiving the penalty.

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