School buses to receive new engines in Volkswagen settlement
BATON ROUGE - School buses in Louisiana will receive new engines that cut down on pollution as part of a settlement with Volkswagen.
Volkswagen Group agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay $4.3 billion for attempting to defraud the U.S. government by rigging more than a half-million diesel-powered vehicles to give false emission ratings. The Advocate reports State Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Chuck Carr Brown says Louisiana will receive about $18 million of the fines and penalties.
The money must be used to lower nitrogen oxide emissions. Brown says he wants to replace the diesel engines with ones that use a cleaner-burning fuel.
Upgrading school buses has long been a push by federal authorities, and Brown says the VW money allows Louisiana a better opportunity to participate.