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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. With this funding, DEQ has been able to develop several new programs to promote healthier air quality across the state. View the Oklahoma VW Settlement Factsheet

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Program Information

Phase 1 of the Oklahoma Volkswagen Settlement introduced two new programs.

Alternative Fuel School Bus Program

The Alternative Fuel School Bus Program is now accepting applications for the second round of funding in order to reduce emissions from old diesel school buses. For more information please visit the program home page.

ChargeOK

The ChargeOK: Oklahoma Electric Vehicle Charging Grant Program has selected the recipients that will increase access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the state. For more information please visit the ChargeOK home page.

Important Documents

Grant Program Materials Reports & Funding RequestsBeneficiary Mitigation PlanOutreach MaterialsLegal DocumentsNotices
  • Alternative Fuel School Bus Program – $4.1 Million toward projects that promote the use of alternative fuels in school buses for pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. Applications are now being accepted through December 6, 2019; more information is available in the Grant Solicitation on the program page.
  • Oklahoma Clean Diesel (DERA) Program – An EPA-sponsored program funded by the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) that replaces diesel school buses. Volkswagen funds are used to match federal funds. The FY19 application period is now open through December 6, 2019; more information is available in the Grant Solicitation on the program page.
  • ChargeOK: Oklahoma Electric Vehicle Charging Grant Program – $3.1 Million to install electric (EV) charging stations throughout Oklahoma. The application period closed March 1, 2019. Click here for a list of recipients

Oklahoma “is required to maintain and make publicly available all documentation submitted in support of the each funding request and all records supporting all expenditures of Eligible Mitigation Action funds” from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. Funding requests and Semi-Annual Reports from DEQ will be available here: Oklahoma Funding Requests and Semi-Annual Reports

DEQ and the office of the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment (SOEE) submitted the Oklahoma Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) to Wilmington Trust on June 8, 2018. For more information on the BMP process please reference the Volkswagen History page

Final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan

On February 15, 2018, DEQ sent notices to the following Federal Agencies about the State of Oklahoma’s designation as a Volkswagen State Environmental Mitigation Trust Beneficiary along with DEQ’s process of developing the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan and funding assistance programs.

For more information on the background of the Volkswagen Settlement please see the Volkswagen History page.

Contact

For more information, contact us by

Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Quality
Air Quality Division
707 N. Robinson
PO Box 1677
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

External Links

NASEO & NACAA VW Settlement Clearinghouse
EPA Environmental Mitigation Trust Page