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Today, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) released its final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) for implementing the State’s initial allocation of almost $46 million from the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement (VW Settlement) Environmental Mitigation Trust (EMT). The purpose of the EMT is to execute environmental mitigation projects that reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx).

There are two key changes that the state has made as compared to the proposed BMP that came out in July:

  1. Due to expected lower NOx emissions from alternate fuel vehicles (AFVs) versus new diesel vehicles, the state has decided it will prioritize funding for AFVs over new diesel replacements or repowers, and this applies across all funding categories.
  2. Due to confirmed commercial viability, repowers of eligible Class 4-8 transit and shuttle buses with any new all-electric engine shall be considered eligible.

More information is provided in the final document. You can read the entire new, final BMP here.

Tennessee Clean Fuels wants to help any fleets that have questions about this funding or the process and requirements that will included to apply for funding.  Please call staff at either the East or Middle-West Tennessee coalition with any questions (contact information is at the bottom of this page).