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The Value of Working Together for Clean Air

The Texas Clean Air Working Group (TCAWG) has been instrumental in bringing together the various concerned entities (state officials, business leaders, local government officials, environmental groups, scientists and others) and merging their diverse opinions into a unified voice on the importance of taking timely steps to improve air quality for the people of Texas.

The Texas Clean Air Working group worked very closely with the Legislature in 2001 to establish the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) and again in 2003 to ensure full funding for TERP after some of the original funding was struck down by the courts. TCAWG is committed to working with state leaders and the Texas Legislature to fully implement the TERP program to clean the air in the nonattainment and near-nonattainment areas of the state.

Over the years, TCAWG has also worked with the legislature to implement and improve the Low-Income Repair and Replacement Assistance Program (LIRAP), which included Local Initiatives Program (LIP) that provided matching funds for TERP-like programs on the local level. Over the last several sessions, TCAWG has worked to ensure some level of funding for TERP and LIRAP during a time of substantial budget cuts.

What is the Texas Clean Air Working Group?

It is a group of various concerned entities (state officials, business leaders, local government officials, environmental groups, scientists and others) in large population centers of the state and surrounding areas who have committed to work together to improve air quality all over the state of Texas.

When did the Texas Clean Air Working Group (TCAWG) start?

The Texas Clean Air Working Group has worked closely with the Texas Legislature since 2001 to establish the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP), implementation of the Low-Income Repair and Replacement Assistance Program (LIRAP) and ensuring that these programs continue to be funded and remain in compliance with the federal Clean Air Act.

How can you get involved with the Texas Clean Air Working Group?

Interested parties may contact Windy Johnson to find out more information about our work group. This page will list any upcoming events or meetings pertaining to the Texas Clean Air Working Group (TCAWG).

VW Settlement Meeting
January 17, 2018
11:00am – 4:30pm
Note delayed start time at 11:00 AM due to inclement weather.
Texas Capitol Auditorium, E1.004

Meeting Agenda:

A PDF copy of the agenda is available here.

 


Below are the presentations reviewed during this meeting.

  1. Natural Gas Vehicles for America – Volkswagen Settlement State Update
  2. TCEQ – Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Update and Milestones 
  3. Environmental Defense Fund – VW Environmental Mitigation Trust
  4. Alamo Area Council of Governments – Clean Cities Coordination
  5. Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance – AVF Technology Availability Update

Comments from the VW Settlement Meeting

John Hinesley from Meritor
Tom “Smitty” Smity from Public Citizen
Joshua Goldman from TransPower
Cyrus Reed from Sierra Club

Volkswagen Settlement Information

In 2016, courts determined that Volkswagen had violated the Clean Air Act by deliberately selling diesel vehicles equipped with technologies that tricked emissions testing. These vehicles violated federal emissions requirements, polluting up to 40 times as much as regulations allowed. The ruling resulted in a settlement totaling $14.7B.

June 26, 2017 Volkswagen Settlement Workshop Materials

Emission Reductions Options – Adrian Shelley, Public Citizen

Driving Technology – Lara Cottingham, City of Houston

Fleets for the Future – Lori Clark, NCTCOG

NCTCOG Fleet Resources Handout

Hidden Costs of Emissions – Andrew Hoekzema, ACOG

Settlement Overview – Elena Craft, EDF

VISION VW Funds – Tom Smith

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