State seeks input on $20 million VW settlement funds

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state is taking the next steps to administer the $20.3 million Volkswagen emissions settlement spending that will begin July 1.

The 2020 General Assembly developed and approved the spending plan and appropriated funds in fiscal year 2020-2021.

“As Attorney General, my office secured Kentucky’s almost $100 million share of the U.S. Justice Department’s settlement with Volkswagen AG for cheating on emissions tests,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “My first budget as governor recommended that the settlement funds be used to replace more than 150 school buses across the state.”

The Kentucky General Assembly’s approved spending plan includes funding to replace aging diesel buses used for public schools, public transit buses and projects targeting light duty zero emission vehicles. EEC will begin working with stakeholders across the commonwealth to develop processes for applying for funds as outlined by the General Assembly.

The Cabinet submitted a revised Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) June 4, outlining our spending plan, said Secretary Goodman. The BMP sets into motion our next steps, which includes a free, public education webinar June 25, and seeking input from the public about zero emission vehicles by July 10.

The EEC is hosting a VW Settlement Webinar on June 25, 2020, at 10 a.m. to review the basics of the General Assembly’s funding allocations, the BMP and next steps. The webinar is free and open to the public. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kentucky-volkswagen-beneficiary-mitigation-plan-overview-tickets-107260356614

The Cabinet is seeking input from the public and interested stakeholders on how Kentucky can best use the $3 million targeting Light Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Supply Equipment category. EEC will be taking comments through July 10, 2020, and encourages input from interested parties. Comments may be submitted at: Ky.vwsettlement@ky.gov .

For more information, contact Lona.Brewer@ky.gov.

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