Environmental groups hope Colorado public health officials will create a new “zero-emission transportation future with the millions the state will get from the national settlement with Volkswagen over its cars cheating on emissions tests.
Colorado is expected to receive $61.3 million from the settlement between 2017 and 2027.
The entire agreement totaled $2.7 billion to settle allegations that Volkswagen violated the federal Clean Air Act by selling diesel-fueled vehicles that cheated on federal air pollution tests and also emitted more pollution than allowed. The settlement was approved by a federal judge on Oct. 25.
Volkswagen sold 6,065 Audi 2.0 liter diesel vehicles in the nine counties along the Front Range that have struggled with air quality for years.
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