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VW to pay over $157M to settle emissions claims by 10 states

By on March 30, 2017

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2016 file photo the Volkswagen logo is photographed through rain drops on a window in Frankfurt, Germany. Volkswagen has agreed to pay at least US$ 1.2 billion in buybacks and compensation to settle claims from U.S. owners of cars with larger diesel engines that the company rigged to cheat on emissions tests. The proposed settlement filed late Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 in U.S. District Court in San Francisco covers owners of some 75,000 Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche cars with 3.0-liter diesel engines. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

In this Nov. 18, 2016 photo the Volkswagen logo is photographed through rain drops on a window in Frankfurt, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

DETROIT – Volkswagen is paying more than $157 million to 10 states to settle environmental lawsuits over the company’s diesel emissions-cheating scandal.

The company says the money will go to Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. All 10 states follow California’s clean air standards.

The settlement covers 3-Liter six-cylinder diesel engines and is separate from a $603 million agreement reached last year with 44 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico that covered 2-liter engines.

Volkswagen has admitted to programming its diesel engines to activate pollution controls during government treadmill tests and turning them off for roadway driving.

VW has paid out more than $20 billion to buy back or repair cars and pay criminal and civil fines and legal settlements related to the scandal.

 

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