TDEC Receives Beneficiary Designation from Trustee

On January 29, 2018, Wilmington Trust, serving as Trustee of the Volkswagen (VW) Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, filed with the Court a Notice of Beneficiary Designation for Tennessee and all other Certifying Entities that submitted their Certification for Beneficiary Status forms to the Trustee as outlined in the Trust Agreement. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has been identified by Governor Haslam as the Lead Agency for purposes of administering Tennessee's Environmental Mitigation Trust allocation.
Beneficiaries of the Environmental Mitigation Trust must submit a Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) at least 30 days prior to submitting the first Funding Request. The BMP summarizes how a beneficiary intends to use allotted funds. Please reference TDEC’s FAQs page for a description of specific elements that must be included in the BMP.
Below is a projected timeline of TDEC's BMP development process. These timeframes are subject to change, and TDEC will update its stakeholders with any alterations as it progresses through the plan development.
  • TDEC expects to submit a draft BMP to the Governor’s Office for review within the first calendar quarter of 2018.
  • TDEC expects to release a proposed BMP to the public early in the second calendar quarter of 2018, at which time TDEC will begin accepting public comment regarding the proposed Plan.
  • Following the close of this additional public comment period, TDEC will review and consider all comments received. The BMP will then be finalized, submitted to the Trustee, and released to the public. This is expected to occur in the second or third calendar quarter of 2018, with project solicitation expected to occur in the third calendar quarter of 2018.
Please note: TDEC is not currently soliciting project proposals. In order to be apprised of any announcements related to public outreach, you may sign up for the TDEC VW Environmental Mitigation Trust email list here: