Request for Comments/Input
The NC DEQ held a series of information sessions in March and April 2018 on its Draft State Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. Comments on the BMP were due May 3, 2018. In November 2017, DEQ requested information from the public that resulted in 872 comments, including project ideas totaling more than $409 million. Most comments addressed the topics of alternative fuels, electrification infrastructure and electric vehicles, eligible equipment, and environmental justice and health impacts. DEQ used public feedback to develop the Draft State Mitigation Plan and the plan will be further refined based on public comment. The final plan will be submitted to the trustee this summer, with a request for proposals to follow in the fall.
The plan includes the following proposed funding allocations:
65% On-road (35% school bus, 20% transit, and 10% other)
15% EV Light Duty Infrastructure
SB99 (2018) requires legislative appropriations before VW Settlement Funds can be used to fund projects. Status: Conference Committee Report agreed to by both Houses as of 6/1/18.
SB257 (2017) requires coordination by agencies and submission of Environmental Mitigation Plan to legislature before any funds can be expended; both houses agree to Conference Report as of 6/22/17; Vetoed 6/27/17; veto overridden by legislature 6/28/17.