State to receive $18.7 million from Volkswagen settlement, wants your input on spending

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The Agency of Natural Resources wants to know how to spend $18.7 million that Vermont will receive from the car manufacturer Volkswagen.

In 2015, Volkswagen admitted to installing software in more than 500,000 diesel cars designed to cheat emission standards by allowing nitrogen oxides in the air. A large number of affected vehicles ran on Vermont roads giving the state a good chunk of settlement money.

The state released its initial plan for how to use the money and wants your input.
Peter Walke is the Deputy Secretary at the Agency of Natural Resources he said the state departments working together.

“All to work together to figure out the best ways to prioritize and spend this money,” Walke said. “We have a unique opportunity and I want to make sure the public tells us whether we’re getting it right.”

Public comment will end January 13, 2018. You can mail, email or fax your thoughts. You can also find more information or submit a comment online at: http://dec.vermont.gov/air-quality/vw

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