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NASHVILLE (May 22) — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced on Wednesday, May 22, that Carroll County will be awarded funds from school bus replacement grant program …
NASHVILLE (May 22) — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced on Wednesday, May 22, that Carroll County will be awarded funds from school bus replacement grant program under the Volkswagon Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust. The state of Tennessee received 45.8 million dollars from the VW settlement and established a grant program. School systems were given an opportunity to apply for funds on a 50/50 matching basis. Carroll County applied in October of 2018 and qualified for $275,700. The funds will be used to replace buses 2009 and older. County Superintendent John McAdams indicated as soon as all the details are known that there will be a public presentation announcing the grant.
The VW settlement came after the United States Department of Justice filed a complaint against VW alleging the company violated the Clean Air Act. In 2015, VW publically admitted that it deliberately installed a ‘defeat device’ – software designed to cheat emissions tests and deceive federal and state regulators. This occurred in approximately 590,000 model year 2009-2016 motor vehicles with 2.0 and 3.0 liter diesel engines.
In October 2016 and May 2017, the US District Court in Northern California approved two partial settlements related to the affected vehicles totaling 14.9 billion dollars. A third partial settlement addressing civil penalties and relief was approved by the Court in April 2017. VW paid a 1.45 billion civil penalty to the Department of Justice.