NTAA & Mobile Sources Tribal Resources
In 2015 Volkswagen was cited by EPA and the California Air Resources Board for violating emissions standards by selling diesel vehicles equipped devices that allowed the cars to cheat at federal emissions tests. The federal government sued and in 2016 VW settled the cases for $14.7 billion. Of that, $55 million was set aside for federally recognized Tribes which they can use to replace old, polluting diesel vehicles or equipment with new, cleaner models, or even install electric vehicle charging stations.
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) was named as the Technical Assistance Provider. ITEP supports Tribes with webinars and other training resources, as well as one-on-one assistance with navigating the process of applying for and receiving funds from the settlement.
NTAA was integral in securing the Tribal Trust Agreement, establishing the technical assistance program, and ensuring the development of the Tribal Advisory Council.
ITEP: Technical Assistance Program to Access the VW Settlement
ITEP: Tribal Advisory Council
The Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities group gave a presentation on Alternative Fuels Solutions to NTAA’s Mobile Sources Working Group at its October 2019 meeting. The presentation goes through the various alternative fuels currently available and describes what types of vehicles & equipment can run on each, along with pros and cons of each option. The presentation emphasizes ways in which alternative fuel vehicles can provide environmental and performance benefits for vehicle fleets, while often reducing maintenance needs and operating costs. This presentation can be a useful resource for Tribes considering purchasing alternative-fuel vehicles with their VW Settlement funds.
Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition: Presentation on Alternative Fuels