The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MN PCA) today announced what it plans to do with around $47 million in settlement funds from Volkswagen. MN PCA Commissioner John Linc Stine says it’s a result of Volkswagen lying about the emissions from their diesel vehicles and adds “they were caught and they went through a process of rectifying that through an environmental enforcement action with U-S EPA and the Department of Justice.” Stine says that the settlement is about “correcting that violation and setting the record straight.” The money will be distributed over 10 years in three phases. In the first phase, the money will be used for school bus and heavy equipment replacement and for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. Linc Stine says about 60% of the money will target the metro, and 40% will target Greater Minnesota.
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