VW Minnesota

Minnesota

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EMT Fund

$47 million

Action Deadline(s)

The official Public Comment deadline was June 30, 2017.

Request for Comments/Input 

Minnesota authorities are continuing to collect information from interested stakeholders. Two outreach efforts are underway. Interested persons can submit fill out a survey indicating how they think the Volkswagen funds can best be spent in Minnesota. That survey form is available here: http://survey.mn.gov/s.asp?k=149210448953. Also, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is circulating a survey form to solicit information from interested stakeholders. The questions focus on gathering information on the types of vehicles or equipment operated by interested stakeholders and also solicit information on how equipment is used. The full list of questions is attached.

Legislative Hearing Held January 26: On Thursday, January 26, 2017, the Environment & Natural Resources Policy & Finance Committee held a hearing to receive an update on the VW Diesel Settlement. During the hearing the MN Pollution Control Agency provided some general details on the settlement. See attached. The Agency also indicated its view that the legislature cannot change or dictate how the funds are allocated. The Agency acknowledged that it has yet to be designated by the governor as the lead agency for administering the funds, but the expectation is that this will eventually happen. The Senate also is expected to hold a hearing in the near future to receive information on the settlement. For more information on the hearings or efforts in Minnesota, please contact Jen Stokes with CenterPoint Energy, Jennifer.Stokes@centerpointenergy.com.

Request for Information (3/31/17 deadline). The MN Pollution Control Agency has set up a website to provide information and updates on activities related to the settlement. The agency is currently inviting public comment. Questions for comments can be sent to vwsettlement.pca@state.mn.us.

Stakeholder meetings The MPCA is starting the process of convening stakeholders for discussions related to developing Minnesota’s plan for the Volkswagen settlement funds. The purpose of this group will be to discuss and share technical information on topics relevant to developing Minnesota’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. Stakeholder meetings will be held at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (520 Lafayette Road North, St. Paul) in the Board Room.

Thursday, June 1 from 1-3pm
Wednesday, July 12 from 1-3pm
Monday, August 21 from 1-4pm
Tuesday, September 19 from 1-4pm*

There are options to participate by WebEx or conference call. If you would like to participate in the stakeholder group, please e-mail vwsettlement.pca@state.mn.us.

*Meeting 4 will be a listening session. Interested stakeholders may share with the group how you see your industry or sector fitting into Minnesota’s priorities and, ultimately, the MPCA’s Beneficiary Mitigation plan. Sign up for a timeslot by e-mailing Amanda Smith at amanda.smith@state.mn.us by September 1, 2017. Please include the name of your organization and spokesperson, a contact e-mail address, and the industry/sector/issue you wish to speak about.

Draft Plan

Minnesota’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan is under development.

No timeline has yet been given for its release.

Where to Send Comments

If you would like to participate in the stakeholder group, please e-mail vwsettlement.pca@state.mn.us.

NGVAmerica Comment Letter

Member Support Letter

Webinars, Meetings, Workshops

Stakeholder meetings: Monday, August 21 from 1-4pm Tuesday, September 19 from 1-4pm. There are options to participate by WebEx or conference call. If you would like to participate in the stakeholder group, please e-mail vwsettlement.pca@state.mn.us.

Website

MN Pollution Control Agency

Legislative Proposals

HB-1254Establishes propane school bus and fueling station grant program to be funded out of funds provided by the VW Settlement EMT. Specifically, directs that each year $1.5 million be set aside to fund school bus cost at 35 percent and stations at 50 percent cost, not to exceed $30K or $50K, respectively, and school districts are limited to 5 buses per year.

Status: to Education Innovation Policy.

HB-1355 – Companion SB 914. Imposes new requirement that any monies received as result of Clean Air Act settlements must be appropriated by law before they can be spent. Intended to impact the VW Settlement.

HB-2318 – Creates Low emission and Zero Emission School Bus Program to fund retrofit and replacement of school buses. Replacement buses must be NG, propane, electric or hybrid electric. Grants are limited to $100K per school. There also is a $500K electric bus pilot project. It directs that VW Settlement Funds be deposited in a special revenue fund and that each year $2 million is to be set aside for the Clean School Bus program, to be spent consistent with the Trust Agreement.

SB-914 – Companion HB 1355. Imposes new requirement that any monies received as result of Clean Air Act settlements must be appropriated by law before they can be spent. Intended to impact the VW Settlement. Status: hearing in Environment and Natural Resource Policy and Legacy Finance scheduled for 2/22/17.

SB-1256 – Companion to HB 1254. Establishes propane school bus and fueling station grant program to be funded out of funds provided by the VW Settlement EMT. Specifically, directs that each year $1.5 million be set aside to fund school bus cost at 35 percent and stations at 50 percent cost, not to exceed $30K or $50K, respectively, and school districts are limited to 5 buses per year.  

 

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