Ky. EEC Releases Draft For Spending $20.3M From Volkswagen

Aug 20, 2018

Credit Ryland Barton / Kentucky Public Radio

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is opening for public comment a draft plan of how they will distribute money from Volkswagen as a part of a national settlement.

The Cabinet said in a release on Monday, the state was awarded $20.3 million from the national Volkswagen Settlement Mitigation Trust Agreement to be spent over 10 years. The plan is designed to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.

Volkswagen agreed to spend more than $14 billion to settle allegations of cheating emissions tests and deceiving customers. Devices allowed certain diesel vehicles to emit up to 40 percent more nitrous oxide than allowed under the Clean Air Act.

In December 2016, Governor Matt Bevin designated the EEC as the lead agency to administer Kentucky’s portion of the Volkswagen settlement funds.

A public meeting to receive comments on the draft plan will be held on September 5. The public comment period on Kentucky’s plan will remain open through September 17. Comments can also be sent by email to Ky.vwsettlement@ky.gov.