NTAA: Policy Response Kits

Policy Response Kits:


Volkswagen Policy Response Kit

On June 28, 2016, the United States lodged with the court a settlement with automakers Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., and Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC (collectively “Volkswagen”). The settlement partially resolves allegations that Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act (“CAA”) by the sale of approximately 500,000 model year 2009 to 2015 motor vehicles containing 2.0 liter diesel engines equipped with “defeat devices” (“CAA 2.0 liter partial settlement”). The allegations were set forth in a complaint filed by the United States on January 4, 2016, on behalf of the EPA, alleging that these vehicles are equipped with defeat devices in the form of computer software designed to cheat on federal emissions tests. The settlement is a partial settlement because it only addresses what Volkswagen must do to address the 2.0 liter cars on the road and the pollution from these vehicles, and does not address other aspects of the United States’ complaint. The major excess pollutant at issue in this case is oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and is a serious health concern.

On June 7th, 2016 NTAA and the TAMS Center wrote a letter (see below) to U.S. EPA making recommendations for the distribution of funds from this settlement to Tribal Air Programs. NTAA and TAMS also submitted a comment letter on August 5th, 2016

Written comments were accepted until close of business on Wednesday, August 27, 2016.


Volkswagen Settlement Comment Letter
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June 2016 EPA Letter
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Volkswagen Template Letter
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Quick Facts
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U.S. Department of Justice Consultation Framing Document.
Click HERE for document.