Gov. Roy Cooper designated the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) to manage North Carolina’s share of the VW Settlement, an agreement between the German automaker and the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. North Carolina’s beneficiary mitigation plan is structured in three phases, allowing the NCDEQ to seek additional input and make changes along the way. During Phase 1, which covers 2018 – 2020, the NCDEQ plans to invest 33% of the overall funds ($30.68 million).
On July 1, 2019, the NCDEQ Division of Air Quality opened the application window for two requests for proposals (RFPs) for Phase 1. Under the DC Fast Charge Program, $3.45 million will be available for the installation of zero emission vehicle charging infrastructure. Under the Diesel Bus and Vehicle Program, $24.5 million will be available to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions. 40% will be allocated for school bus replacement, 20% for transit bus replacement and 10% each for on-road and off-road heavy-duty equipment replacement.
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