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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. Certifications of beneficiary status are due to be filed with the Court and the Trustee (Wilmington Trust, N.A.) by December 1, 2017. The Trustee plans to publish the list of beneficiaries by January 31, 2018. Potential beneficiaries include all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and tribes.

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:

Please contact NMED at vw.info@state.nm.us or (505) 476-4300. 

 

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