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arbcombo -- Public Workshop for Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust for California Posted: 20 Sep 2017 15:15:14
The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) invites you to participate in a public workshop on Monday, October 9, 2017, on developing a Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for California’s $423 million allocation of the Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust (Mitigation Trust). The VW Mitigation Trust is a component of a partial settlement with VW resulting from its use of illegal defeat devices in certain 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter model year 2009 to 2016 diesel cars sold in the State. The Mitigation Trust is enumerated in a Partial Consent Decree as Appendix D. The workshop will be held at the following date, time, and location: Date: Monday, October 9, 2017 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (PST) Location: Cal/EPA Headquarters Byron Sher Auditorium, Second Floor 1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814 During the workshop, staff will discuss and seek input on factors for developing California’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan to guide VW Mitigation Trust monies in California, including: • Guiding principles for the use of the Mitigation Trust funds. • Potential eligible mitigation action categories to consider for funding. • The process for administering mitigation action projects. • Implementing Legislative direction (Senate Bill 92) on providing benefits to low-income and disadvantaged communities. For more information on this workshop, see the detailed workshop notice at https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/mailouts/msc1715/msc1715.pdf. If you have questions regarding the workshop, please contact Lisa Williams at (916) 324-7582 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested members of the public may also submit comments throughout the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan development process either by postal mail or electronically. Postal mail: Ms. Lisa Williams California Air Resources Board, Mailstop 5B P.O. Box 2815 Sacramento, California 95812-2815 Electronic submittal: https://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm2/bcsubform.php?listname=vw-mititrust-pl-ws&comm_period=1 A new email listserv has been established for the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust for California. To continue to receive notices regarding this subject, please subscribe to the “vw-mititrust” listserv at https://www.arb.ca.gov/listserv/listserv_ind.php?listname=vw-mititrust. Background: In October 2016, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California approved a Partial Consent Decree (first Consent Decree) pertaining to the subject 2.0 liter VW diesel cars. A second Partial Consent Decree was approved by the Court in May 2017 that pertains to the subject 3.0-liter diesel cars and augments the first Consent Decree. The Consent Decrees partially resolve Clean Air Act and California state claims against VW for equipping its 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel vehicles with defeat devices. The Mitigation Trust is enumerated in the first Partial Consent Decree as Appendix D. Appendix D is intended to mitigate past and future excess NOx emissions from the subject vehicles. Under the terms of the Consent Decree, VW must pay about $3 billion ($423 million for California) into a mitigation trust over a three-year period for eligible mitigation actions that consist mostly of scrap-and-replace projects, including supportive infrastructure for zero- and near zero-emission advanced technology replacements, for the heavy-duty sector. Before the State can expend any Trust funds, it must develop and submit to the Trustee, Wilmington Trust, N.A., a Beneficiary Mitigation Plan that describes the eligible mitigation actions to be funded; the recommended allocation percentages; the estimated emission benefits; and a consideration of potential impacts of the eligible mitigation actions on air quality in areas that bear a disproportionate share of the air pollution burden. In addition to the Consent Decree requirements, Senate Bill (SB) 92, passed in June 2017, further directs how California’s Mitigation Trust funds in Appendix D are to be spent. The legislation directs the designated Lead Agency for the Mitigation Trust to strive to ensure that at least 35 percent of California’s allocation benefit low-income or disadvantaged communities that are disproportionately impacted by air pollution. SB 92 also requires the Lead Agency – which the Governor has indicated will be CARB – to strive to ensure that the expenditures align with the state’s priorities and provide for public transparency before approval. You are receiving this single arbcombo email because you are a subscriber to or have made a public comment to one or more of the following lists: actruck, altfuels, aqip, bus-act, cargo, gmbond, loan, loco, moyer, ms-mailings, onrdiesel, ordiesel, orspark, porttruck, schoolbus, sfti, vw-mititrust, vw-zevinvest.