On December 27, 2018, Alabama released its Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan that outlines their use of $25.5 million in VW settlement funds. A breakdown of the funds by action item is included below.

Alabama is proposing to allocate funds to every eligible mitigation action proportionally divided based on current emissions reported by the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 National Emissions Inventory (with some adjustments).  

The state will accept written comments on the draft plan for 30 days after its public hearing held on January 15, 2019. Written comments may be submitted via email at vwsettlement@adeca.alabama.gov


Funding Category Eligible Mitigation Action Allocation in Plan*
Class 8 Local Freight & Port Drayage Trucks 1 10%
Class 4-8 School Buses, Shuttle Buses, and Transit Buses 2 25%
Freight Switchers 3 12%
Ferries/Tugs 4 7%
Ocean-Going Vessels Shore-Power 5 4.5%
Class 4-7 Local Freight Trucks 6 13%
Airport Ground Support Equipment 7 4.5%
Forklifts and Port Handling Equipment 8 4.5%
Light-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Supply Equipment 9 15%
Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) Option 10 4.5%
Administrative Costs Program Administration 15%

*Allocation in Plan lists the mitigation action percentages adjusted to a new total after the 15 percent for program administration is accounted for, as shown in the mitigation plan. 

(hat tip to Britta Gross)