Opinion: VW settlement – an opportunity for environmental justice

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BHAVINI A. DOSHI / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The State of New Jersey has before it a rare opportunity to help give electric vehicle (EV) and alternative-energy usage a major boost — with an eye toward environmental justice to boot. Volkswagen’s admission that it skirted nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions tests on millions of vehicles worldwide culminated in a settlement late last year. As part of the agreement, each state was allotted a pro rata share of award monies that must be used towards NOx —air pollution — mitigation projects. New Jersey’s award is approximately $65 million. When the governor accepts the funds, an agency will be tasked with allocation of the funds in accordance with the settlement terms.

In May, NJ Spotlight reported on the bill proposed by the Senate, S-3029, which has now also been sponsored by the Assembly and referred to committee for review …

Bhavini A. Doshi, Esq., is in-house counsel at the City of Jersey City and has nearly 10 years experience in local government law. She is a member of the board of trustees, environmental section, for the New Jersey State Bar Association and sits on the Renewable Energy, Cleantech, and Climate Change Special Committee. 

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