The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has released a draft plan for spending $12.6 million awarded to the State of Montana under the national Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement. The plan is designed to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in Montana.

Montana’s Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan outlines DEQ’s goals, funding priorities and eligible project categories to help reduce diesel emissions and associated public health and environmental impacts.

The public will have an opportunity to provide comments on the draft plan until August 20, 2018, at 5 p.m., MST. Submit written comments by email to Kyla Maki at or by regular mail, Attn: Kyla Maki, 1520 East 6th Ave. Helena, MT 59620-0901.

DEQ will also host an information session and webinar on the draft mitigation plan Tuesday, August 7. The public can attend the session in person or participate remotely via webinar. The meeting will be held from 1-3 p.m. in Room 111 of DEQ’s Metcalf Building located at 1520 East 6th Ave in Helena.

(hat tip to Kyla Maki, Jamie Hall, and Josh Cohen)