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Oklahoma has been initially allocated approximately $21 million from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from the transportation sector. View the Oklahoma VW Settlement Factsheet


In 2016, the United States settled claims against Volkswagen, et al., concerning the use of a "defeat device" installed on 2.0 and 3.0 L diesel vehicles which resulted in air pollution emissions from these vehicles exceeding federal guidelines. States are allocated a portion of the settlement based on their number of affected vehicles. Each of these vehicles can emit up to 40 times more than the legal limit for nitrogen oxides, air pollutants which negatively impact Oklahoma's air quality and the health of citizens. State Beneficiary Trust Agreement (goes to EPA)

On October 30, 2017, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed an executive order that designates DEQ as the lead agency for administration of Oklahoma's Volkswagen settlement trust funds. The Office of the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment is providing oversight and final approval of the mitigation plan. View the Executive Order


  • October 25, 2016 - Settlement Effective Date
  • October 2, 2017 - Trust Effective Date (TED)
  • November 14, 2017 - Oklahoma Filed for Beneficiary Status
  • December 5, 2017 - State of Oklahoma Public Meeting
  • January 29, 2018 - Trustee Issued Notice of Beneficiary Designation
  • February 15, 2018 - DEQ Notifies Federal Agencies about Designation View Notices
  • 30 days before Initial Funding Request - OK Beneficiary Mitigation Plan Deadline

Beneficiary Mitigation Plan

In order to receive these funds, DEQ must submit a Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP). The BMP will be a high-level plan describing the State's intentions for utilizing Oklahoma's funding allocation, including estimated emissions reductions along with general project descriptions and locations. Funds may go towards any of ten eligible mitigation project categories. A detailed list can be found in Appendix D-2 of the settlement.

Eligible Mitigation Actions

  • Class 8 Local Freight Trucks and Port Drayage
  • Class 4-8 School, Shuttle, or Transit Bus
  • Freight Switchers
  • Ferries and Tugs
  • Ocean Going Vessels Shorepower
  • Class 4-7 Local Freight Trucks
  • Airport Ground Support Equipment
  • Forklifts & Port Cargo Handling
  • Light Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Supply Equipment (charging stations)
  • Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) actions

Public Meeting

On December 5, 2017 DEQ conducted a public meeting to collect information from stakeholders and receive comments concerning the BMP. The Department will refer to received comments as a resource in the development of the BMP. This comment period is now closed. After the BMP has been written, it will be made available on this website, and there will be another opportunity for public comment.

Go to the December 5th Meeting Page for presentation slides, audio, and written comments


For more information, contact us by

  • this online contact form
  • email ()
  • phone (405-702-4100)
  • Postal Mail:
    • Heather Lerch
      Air Quality Division
      PO Box 1677
      Oklahoma City, OK 73101
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To receive information on upcoming public meeting(s), progress on the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, and further updates, sign up for our VW Settlement email list.

External Links

NASEO & NACAA VW Settlement Clearinghouse

EPA Environmental Mitigation Trust Page

Last Updated: March 13, 2018

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