The Commonwealth of Virginia expects to receive $93,600,000 from the Volkswagen (VW) environmental mitigation trust (EMT) between 2017 and 2027. These funds represent a significant opportunity to mitigate the environmental harm caused by the offending VW vehicles and to achieve substantial reductions in air pollution in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will administer these funds through a state mitigation plan (SMP). The objective of this request for information (RFI) is to gather information to help DEQ gain a better understanding of the best use of VW EMT funds for Virginia.
DEQ is seeking early input from governmental and non-governmental entities on the type and scope of projects that they may later submit to compete for VW EMT funds, funding and project evaluation priorities, and methods DEQ could employ to increase participation in future requests for VW mitigation projects. This RFI is not a solicitation for projects. Information obtained from this RFI will be used solely for planning purposes, including the development of requirements upon which a solicitation for projects may be based.
How to respond to the RFI: Please follow the detailed instructions provided in the RFI, which is located on DEQ's VW web page: http://deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/VWMitigation.aspx.
Federal information: Additional information is available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at http://www.epa.gov/enforcement/volkswagen-clean-air-act-partial-settlement.
Virginia information: DEQ has established a web page with information about Virginia's actions for meeting the requirements of the VW settlement and the EMT: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/vwmitigation.aspx. This page will be updated periodically as new information and opportunities for public comment become available.