Between 2009 and 2016, Volkswagen produced 11 million vehicles that were designed to cheat on emissions tests to hide excess pollution. In 2016, Volkswagen and the federal government reached a settlement stating that VW violated the federal Clean Air Act. The funds from this settlement have gone to state governments, which are using them to replace dirty diesel vehicles and build out electric vehicle infrastructure.
This funding provides an opportunity to move Minnesota away from dirty diesel vehicles and towards clean alternatives. MN350 is asking the state to help us shift our school buses towards an all-electric platform, allowing our kids to ride buses that offer immediate health impacts and contribute to a sustainable future.
Minnesota’s share of the settlement is $47 million. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is taking public comments right now on the second “phase” of funding, which consists of $23.5 million in grant money over the next 4 years. In late November, the MPCA released their plan for Phase II, and asked for comments on it.
We heartily endorse key aspects of the plan, including:
We believe the plan would be even stronger if it:
To learn more about the VW settlement plan, visit the MPCA web site.
The MPCA needs to hear from you to shift these funds from dirty diesel to zero-emission vehicles. To make that happen, make it personal: tell a story about who you are and how you could benefit from clean vehicle funding. Do you work at, attend, take a kid to, or oversee a school? Do you drive a dirty diesel industrial vehicle? Do you live on a major roadway? This is the place tospeak up about it.
Submit your comment below with our easy online form, and we’ll send it to the MPCA. Share a personal story about climate, health, or pollution, or use the information above.