Volkswagen Settlement Funds
Nearly $25 million in grants for projects across Nevada that reduce NOx pollution from the air we breathe.
In 2017, Volkswagen settled with the U.S. government and California after it was discovered that the company was violating the Clean Air Act by designing their diesel-powered cars to cheat on smog tests. Nearly 6,000 VW diesel-powered cars in Nevada and more than 590,000 across the U.S. emitted nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution over the legal limit — sometimes by as much as 40x. Through the national settlement, Nevada is receiving $24.8 million to fund projects that will offset the excess pollution emitted by VW across the state.
We are putting Nevada’s funds to work in three ways:
- Grants for clean air projects through the Diesel Emission Mitigation Fund
- Partnering with the Governor’s Office of Energy to support the Nevada Electric Highway
- Support for the Nevada Clean Diesel Program by matching our annual EPA program award
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Read our blog to learn about the sources of air pollution in Nevada and what we’re doing to foster a cleaner transportation sector.
The Nevada Diesel Emission Mitigation Fund, which is supported by Volkswagen diesel settlement funds, is planning to request new grant applications in the fall of 2021. The impact of COVID-19 on Nevada has resulted in fiscal uncertainty for many fleets in the state. This is particularly true for public school, transit, and many municipal and state fleets that have participated in the program.
This will allow more time for economic uncertainty resulting from the pandemic to pass, and to permit NDEP the opportunity to assess the program’s effectiveness on reducing harmful air pollution and consider potential new strategies, before charting an appropriate path forward. All active projects receiving grants will continue to be funded to completion. NDEP anticipates the announcement of a new funding cycle by September 30, 2021, followed by a 60-day application acceptance period. Project award announcements would follow in the first quarter of 2022.
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The DEMF awards funds to projects that support Nevada's goal of reducing harmful diesel emissions from public and privately owned fleets operating in Nevada in order to maintain and improve air quality.
A copy of the presentation from the webinar is available here.
The 2019 Diesel Emission Mitigation Fund Competitive Application closed on July 31. NDEP accepted applications from June 1 through July 31, 2019.
The application is in two pieces, either the Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file and the Microsoft Excel vehicle information spreadsheet.
Download the .xlsx version of the Microsoft Excel based version of the spreadsheet here
Download the .xls version of the Microsoft Excel based version of the spreadsheet here (for applicants using an older version of Excel)
All questions regarding the application should be sent to NevadaDEMF [at] ndep.nv.gov