Minnesota to Receive $47M from Volkswagen Settlement, Asks Public How to Spend It

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Minnesota to Receive $47M from Volkswagen Settlement, Asks Public How to Spend It

June 2, 2017

Here's something you don't hear everyday: the state of Minnesota is getting an unexpected $47 million, and officials are looking for ways to spend it.

The extra money is part of the fallout from Volkswagen's massive emissions scandal, which first broke in 2015. Dubbed the "diesel dupe," it came to light that certain Volkswagen diesels sold in the U.S. had special systems designed to beat emissions tests. Eventually, the company reached a nearly $15 billion environmental settlement with the federal government and, as part of that, the German automaker is required to pay nearly $3 billion to states where the cars were being driven.

"VW cheated and they got caught," said Minnesota Pollution Control Agency spokesperson Risikat Adesaogun.

Now, partially through public meetings, the MPCA is trying to figure out how to dish out the money. In attendance at a meeting in St. Paul Thursday were representatives of cities like St. Paul and Minneapolis, as well as other groups like the Minnesota Propane Gas Association and the American Lung Association of Minnesota.

SOURCE:  KSTP

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