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October 10, 2018   |  


State to Spend Volkswagen Money on Reducing Emissions

The state plans to use $72 million from a settlement with Volkswagen to reduce smog-forming pollution from vehicles by electrifying parts of the transportation sector.

In a draft plan prepared by the state Department of Environmental Protection, funds would be targeted to curbing diesel emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, buses, and non-road equipment, particularly in environmental justice communities.

The plan, while short on specifics, will be modified based on input from public outreach meetings, according to officials.

Clean-energy advocates and environmental groups have been eagerly awaiting decisions on how the state will disburse the money. The state obtained $72.2 million as the result of a consent decree reached by the federal government, California and Volkswagen, stemming from the auto manufacturer’s cheating on emissions testing.

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