Connecticut Announces $7.5 Million to Fund Clean Air Projects from VW Settlement
Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that Connecticut is making available $7.5 million from the national legal settlement in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal to fund clean air projects. Administered through the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), eligible projects must reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions across the state and meet other program requirements.
“Climate change is real and cannot be ignored, and efforts to fight it also make Connecticut residents safer. That’s why it’s so vitally important that we set high standards for reduced emissions,” Governor Malloy said.
Application forms and guidance for the Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program are available on DEEP’s website. DEEP has also scheduled a webinar for June 14 to review the application forms and related instructions for potential applicants. Project proposals are due to DEEP by July 31, 2018.
The funds will – on a reimbursement basis – finance projects that replace, repower, or retrofit an array of aging diesel mobile sources and/or non-road equipment. Eligible source categories and funding criteria are specified in the State of Connecticut Beneficiary Mitigation Plan and limited by the Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement for State Beneficiaries. Both non-government and government entities are eligible to apply. DEEP will ensure that projects ultimately funded by this program support the goals of the plan.