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Why is Volkswagen Paying $86 Million to California?

Posted: July 10, 2016 - 9:41AM
Author: Will Maley
If you thought Volkswagen was done with paying various fines and penalties over the diesel emission scandal, think again.


Reuters reports the German automaker will be paying an additional $86 million in civil penalties to the state of California. This is on top of the $14.7 billion settlement reached with the U.S. Government announced last month.

"We must conserve and protect our environment for future generations and deliver swift and certain consequences to those who break the law and pollute our air," said California state Attorney General Kamala Harris in a statement.

The settlement reached by the two parties will see $76 million go the Attorney General's office to "defray costs relating to investigation and litigation of the emissions scandal." The remainder will be dedicated to grants for various government agencies and university to study ways of detecting 'defeat devices' like the one used on Volkswagen's TDI models.

"Today’s filing formalizes the agreement with the California Attorney General announced last week to resolve consumer protection claims related to the diesel matter in California," Volkswagen said in a statement.

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Phil Bickel (not verified)    July 10, 2016 - 10:18AM

Who compensates the citizens dor actually breathing the fouled air, potentially shortening our lives, and forcing us to deal with tighter emissions restrictions in cities with high pollution alert days.

Their disregard for our health is criminal.