Volkswagen to pay millions more in California for diesel scandal – Sacramento Bee

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

Volkswagen agreed Thursday to pay California an additional $153.8 million in the carmaker’s diesel air-pollution scandal.

The new payment comes on top of more than $15 billion Volkswagen already has agreed to pay government agencies and consumers after admitting it rigged hundreds of thousands of cars to cheat on air-pollution regulations.

Volkswagen will pay $93.8 million into an air pollution control fund operated by the California Air Resources Board. It will pay the state agency, which was instrumental in uncovering the scandal, another $60 million to cover the regulator’s past and future costs associated with the Volkswagen case, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

“This is the actual penalties and payment for the millions of dollars we spent investigating these guys,” said agency spokesman David Clegern.

The case against Volkswagen isn’t over. Volkswagen has pledged to buy back or repair thousands of tainted vehicles, but is still working with state and federal regulators to figure out if the emissions-control systems on some models can be fixed. “There are still consumers waiting to find out the future of their cars,” said Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the Air Resources Board, in a prepared statement.


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