The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) released their draft mitigation plan for use of VW settlement funds on August 1st. Below is a breakdown of the use of the state’s funds. 

Funding Category Eligible Mitigation Action(s) Allocation %
Dray Truck Replacement Program 1 3%
Rail Maintenance Equipment Dump Truck & Hi-Rail Dump Truck Replacements 1 1%
Transit Bus Replacement 2 5%
School Bus Replacement 2 5%
40-Foot Buses for State Agencies 2 3%
40-Foot and 60-Foot Transit Buses for Maryland Aviation Administration 2 16%
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure 9 15%
Idle Reduction Program 10 1%
Freedom Fleet Voucher (FFVP) 1,2,6,10 7%
Port Ground Service Equipment 1,4 5%
26 Dump Trucks 1,6 5%
Administrative Costs Program Administration 1%
Other for Private Sector Undecided Funding 28%
Other for Local Governments, Communities, and Environmental Justice Undecided Funding 5%
MDE will be accepting comments on the proposed Mitigation Plan until close of business on August 31, 2018. Please send comments to mde.vw@maryland.gov.
 
Maryland will hold two public listening sessions to provide an overview of Maryland’s Mitigation Plan as well as to field questions from citizens. More information on the listening sessions will be forthcoming as dates, times, and locations are finalized.
 
Along with comments, MDE will be accepting proposals for eligible mitigation projects that can potentially be incorporated into future versions of Maryland’s Mitigation Plan. MDE is seeking project ideas from governmental and non-governmental organizations that align with the proposed Mitigation Plan. If you wish to propose a project for inclusion in Maryland’s Mitigation Plan, please complete and submit this form by close of business on December 31, 2018: Maryland Volkswagen Project Proposal.pdf. Electronic submissions can be emailed to mde.vw@maryland.gov or paper comments can be sent to:
 
Mobile Sources Control Program
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd. Ste. 705
Baltimore, MD 21230
 
MDE will evaluate project proposals as outlined in the Mitigation Plan and Project Proposal Form and select projects for funding that best align with the goals of Maryland’s Mitigation Plan.
Maryland VW Settlement Website
Maryland Draft Mitigation Plan