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NMED Final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan

NM Beneficiary Mitigation Plan

NMED Responses to Comments on the Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan

NMED has reviewed and considered the information received during the public comment period. The summary of comments and NMED responses may be viewed via the following links: VW BMP Comments Summary and Responses 071218 and Resumen del Comentario y Repuesta a los Comentarios

NMED Accepting Applications for Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Funding

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) will accept applications for projects relating to the Volkswagen Settlement Agreement between July 2 and September 14, 2018. 

Qualifying projects must demonstrate a reduction in NOx, and meet the criteria outlined in the Settlement Agreement.  The Settlement Agreement allows NMED to approve funding for up to one-third of the State’s initial allocation in the first year.  There will be at least two additional opportunities to submit applications for funding future projects.  These opportunities will be available in 2019 and 2020, and possibly beyond.

Qualifying project information, as well as the application for project funding, may be found at: Submit a Proposal

NMED has staff available to assist anyone requiring guidance on completing the application. If you have questions or require assistance, please email or call (505)476-4300. 


NMED does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex in the administration of its programs or activities, as required by applicable laws and regulations. NMED is responsible for coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries concerning non-discrimination requirements implemented by 40 C.F.R. Part 7, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 13 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972. If you have any questions about any of NMED’s non‐discrimination programs, policies or procedures, send email to:


NMED Acepta Solicitudes para la Financiación Fiduciaria de Mitigación de Volkswagen

El Departamento de Medio Ambiente de Nuevo México (NMED) aceptará solicitudes para proyectos relacionados con el Acuerdo de Resolución de Volkswagen entre el 2 de julio y el 14 de septiembre de 2018.

Los proyectos elegibles deben demostrar una reducción en el NOx y cumplir con los criterios descritos en el Acuerdo de Resolución. El Acuerdo de Resolución permite a NMED aprobar fondos de hasta un tercio de la asignación inicial del Estado en el primer año. Habrá al menos dos oportunidades adicionales para enviar solicitudes para financiación de futuros proyectos. Estas oportunidades estarán disponibles en 2019 y 2020, y posiblemente más adelante.

Información sobre proyecto elegible, así como la solicitud de financiación de proyecto, pueden encontrarse en: Submit a Proposal
NMED tiene personal disponible para ayudar a cualquier persona que necesite orientación para completar la solicitud. Si usted tiene preguntas o necesita ayuda, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a o llame al (505) 476-4300.


NMED no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, discapacidad, edad o sexo en la administración de sus programas o actividades, según lo exigido por las leyes y reglamentos correspondientes. NMED es responsable de la coordinación de los esfuerzos de cumplimiento y la recepción de consultas relativas a los requisitos de no discriminación implementados por 40 C.F.R., partes 5 y 7, incluido el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmendada; Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973; la Ley de Discriminación por Edad de 1975, Título IX de las Enmiendas de Educación de 1972 y la Sección 13 de las Enmiendas a la Ley Federal de Control de Contaminación del Agua de 1972. Si usted tiene preguntas sobre cualquier programa, política o procedimiento de no discriminación de NMED, envíe un correo electrónico a:


Volkswagen Settlement

On September 25, 2016 partial Consent Decree in the lawsuit entitled In re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Product Liability Litigation was finalized.

On October 2, 2017, the Trust Effective Date was set with the approval of the United States District Court, Northern District of California, San Francisco Division of the finalized trust agreement. The New Mexico Certification of Beneficiary Status, revised with the Attorney General’s signature, were submitted to U.S. District Court of Northern California on November 28, 2017, and to the Trustee (Wilmington Trust, N.A.) on November 29, 2017. The Trustee published the Notice of Beneficial Designation on January 29, 2018. 

The lawsuit addressed Volkswagen’s admission of purposely, and over a sustained period of time, employing prohibited emissions defeat devices on their diesel passenger vehicles that resulted in excess emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx).

NOx emissions are responsible for increased ozone as well as increased nitrogen dioxide levels, both of which are covered by National Ambient Air Quality Standards because of their effect on human health and welfare, including environmental effects.

Under the Consent Decree, New Mexico is eligible to receive over $18,000,000 to implement projects that reduce emissions of NOx from vehicles. Eligible mitigation projects include projects that reduce NOx emissions in freight trucks; school, shuttle, or transit buses; ferries and tugs; forklifts; electric or hydrogen vehicle charging stations; and airport ground support equipment.  

This page serves as a conduit between the New Mexico VW Settlement Team and the public.  The Team is led by the New Mexico Environment Department and includes multiple partner agencies:

New Mexico’s Draft Volkswagen Mitigation Plan

The New Mexico Environment Department is now seeking public comment on its Draft Volkswagen Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. The Plan summarizes the State’s goals for the allocation of approximately $18 million towards eligible projects to mitigate the excess nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions caused by Volkswagen’s use of illegal defeat devices in certain diesel vehicles. Once finalized, this plan must be submitted to the Trustee, Wilmington Trust, N.A., before the State will review applications for mitigation projects. 

Draft – VW Beneficiary Mitigation Plan 04102018

Borrador del plan de mitigación de beneficiarios NM 04102018

Please contact NMED at or (505) 476-4300. 


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