On October 18, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held a hearing on the partial consent decree including amendments made in response to public comment. On October 25, 2016, the court granted the motion to enter into the amended partial consent decree. The approved partial consent decree consists of three major parts:

  • Volkswagen will buy back, terminate leases, or provide approved emissions modifications for subject 2.0 L TDI diesel vehicles.
  • Volkswagen will invest $2 billion over ten years in projects that increase the use of zero emission vehicles.
  • Volkswagen will pay $2.7 billion to an Environmental Mitigation Trust to fund projects to reduce emissions of NOx.
    • Appendix D form of Environmental Mitigation Trust

On December 20, 2016, a second partial consent decree addressing 3.0 L subject vehicles was proposed. Notice of the second consent decree was published in the Federal Register on December 29, 2016 opening a thirty day comment period. On February 2, 2017, the comment period was extended February 14, 2017. The proposed partial consent decree consists of two major parts:

  • Volkswagen will buy back, terminate leases, or provide approved emission modifications for subject 3.0 L vehicles.
  • Volkswagen will be required to pay an additional $225,000,000 to the Environmental Mitigation Trust.

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On January 11, 2017, a third partial consent decree was proposed to address Volkswagen’s liability under the Clean Air Act for civil penalties and injunctive relief to prevent similar future violations. Notice of the third consent decree was published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2017 beginning a thirty day public comment period that closed on February 23, 2017.

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Final Executed Trust Agreement

The final Environmental Trust agreements were executed October 2, 2017, establishing the Trust Effective Date (TED).

Notice of State Beneficiary Designation

Alaska was designated as a Beneficiary of the VW Settlement January 29, 2018.

Material Modifications to the Tribal Environmental Trust

On November 16, 2018, the terms of the Tribal Trust was modified and a formula-based allocation of funds was developed for circumstances of over-subscription of funds.

Notice of Second Funding Cycle

Tribal Trust Second Funding Factsheet