The Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program (DEMP) uses funding from the Volkswagen Settlement and the EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) State Grant Program to provide project-specific funding to mitigate mobile sources of emissions. The primary objective of the Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program is to fund projects that reduce mobile source emissions such as nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and organic hazardous air pollutants.
Volkswagen Settlement - Environmental Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries
On October 2, 2017, the executed Environmental Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries (Final Trust Agreement) was filed with the court, establishing the terms and conditions of the Mitigation Trust. State beneficiaries receive funding based upon the number of subject 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel Volkswagen vehicles sold in-state. Florida’s share is about $166 million, or 5.68 percent of the overall Mitigation Trust fund as specified in Appendix D-1B. The purpose of Mitigation Trust is to provide money for specified diesel emissions mitigation projects. These projects are intended to partially offset excess emissions of nitrogen oxides from the subject vehicles. For more information about the Volkswagen Settlement, including all settlement documents and previously posted information by the Department, please select the following link: Volkswagen Settlement Information.
State Beneficiary Mitigation Plan
To receive Mitigation Trust funds, the state is required to prepare and submit to the Trustee a Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (Mitigation Plan). The Final Trust Agreement specifies that the following issues be addressed in the Mitigation Plan:
An explanation of the process by which the Beneficiary sought and considered public input on its Beneficiary Mitigation Plan;
The state’s overall goals for the use of the funds;
A description of how the state will consider the potential impact of the actions on air quality in areas that bear a disproportionate share of the air pollution burden within its jurisdiction;
The categories of eligible mitigation actions that the state anticipates will be appropriate to achieve these goals and an estimate of the percentage of funds to be spent on each of these actions; and
A description of the range of emissions benefits that would be realized by implementation of the actions identified in the Mitigation Plan.
The Department published a draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for public comment on July 17, 2019, for a period of thirty (30) days. All public comments must be submitted via email to VWMitigation@FloridaDEP.govby 5:00 PM EST, Friday, August 16, 2019. At that time, the Department will consider all public comments and then finalize the plan for submittal to the Trustee. The draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan is not a formal solicitation for project proposals. To download a copy of the draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, please select the following link: Florida's Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan.
Diesel Emissions Reduction Act - DERA
In 2005, the U.S. Congress passed the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) as an amendment to the 2005 Energy Policy Act, Title VII, Subtitle G. Federal funding for DERA was reauthorized in 2010 and in subsequent years. The DERA funding program was designed as a voluntary means to reduce diesel emissions from existing diesel engines that were not manufactured to meet more stringent post-2006 emission standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for overseeing and distributing funds under the DERA program, which includes the DERA State Grant Program. For more information about the DERA State Grant Program and the Department's activities related to prior year funding and future opportunities, please visit the following page: DERA State Grant Program.
News and Information
DEP has established an email list for parties interested in following developments related to the Volkswagen Settlement, DERA, and as the Department develops and administers project-specific funding under the Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program. Please visit DEP's subscription page to sign up for email updates.
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