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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. The affected vehicles emit harmful nitrogen oxides that exceed what federal and state agency standards consider safe for human health.

Washington must submit a mitigation plan to the trustee for approval to become a beneficiary of the funds. The consent decree has specific requirements on how the money can be spent. Beneficiaries are also directed to choose projects that benefit communities that have been disproportionately affected by nitrogen oxides emissions.

Latest news

Maps of registered vehicles and areas affected by nitrogen oxides emissionsnow posted

We worked with the Department of Licensing to determine where the affected vehicles are registered in the state and to identify the areas affected by nitrogen oxides emissions. Visit our FAQs & information page to view the maps.

VW - Federal settlement funds

Washington is applying 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 22,000 of them are in Washington.


FAQs & information center

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

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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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