In late 2015, Volkswagen (VW) publicly admitted it had secretly and deliberately installed cheating computer systems to deceive emissions testing in nearly 500,000 diesel cars. Volkswagen agreed to spend up to $14.7 billion for remediation of NOx emissions. A majority of this money is going to vehicle buyback and modification programs ($10 billion). $4.7 billion of the settlement money is going towards NOx reduction programs: The Environmental Mitigation Trust ($2.7 billion) and the ZEV Investment Commitment ($2.0 billion).
Connecticut's initial allocation from the Environmental Mitigation Trust funds is approximately $51.6 million. To receive the funds, the state must develop a mitigation plan.
A coalition of CT advocacy groups has formed to develop a coordinated strategy for shaping the state's plan and the projects selected for implementation.