The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has learned from federal officials that Delaware can anticipate nearly $9 million from an Environmental Mitigation Trust established through partial settlement of lawsuits against the automakers Volkswagen and Audi for installing emissions defeat devices on vehicles in violation of the federal Clean Air Act.

The Division of Air Quality will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. March 23 at the State Street Commons Building, 100 W. Water Street, Dover, on Delaware’s proposed environmental mitigation plan from the settlement.

The meeting is intended to gather public comment and solicit stakeholder input for implementing the mitigation plan in Delaware, in order to determine how the funds may be used by the state to improve air quality.

After public comments are incorporated, the final environmental plan will be established and air quality improvement projects will be requested under the request for proposal process.

The proposed Volkswagen environmental mitigation plan is available at