Issue Brief 17-30
October 13, 2017

On October 2, 2017, the federal government formally established two  environmental mitigation trusts that will distribute more than $2.9 billion to states and tribes over the coming years based on a settlement with Volkswagen (VW) over Clean Air Act violations. The formal establishment of the trust begins a 60-day period during which states must elect to become beneficiaries, so they can receive compensation funding.

This brief describes how states can apply, eligible activities, and other information related to the trusts.