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minnesota in line to get $47m from volkswagen settlement

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minnesota in line to get $47m from volkswagen settlement

minnesota is in line to get a $47 million pot of money to fight pollution, and businesses that sell a wide range of environmentally friendly products are positioning themselves to get a share of it.as part of the nearly $15 billion settlement in the volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal, states receive a combined $2.7 billion to support projects that reduce pollution. the settlement details specific projects the money can be spent on, such as replacing old school buses, garbage trucks, delivery trucks and even snowplows with cleaner engines.“we’re getting calls from canada and all over the u.s. from consulting firms, legal firms and manufacturing firms that build buses, saying, spend minnesota’s money on this,” said rocky sisk, the leader for the volkswagen mitigation project at the minnesota pollution control agency (mpca), the agency in charge of deciding how minnesota will spend the money.the amount of money each state receives is determined by the number of recalled volkswagen cars registered there. minnesota had more than 9,000 recalled volkswagens, which ranks 21st among states.possible uses of the funds include developing cleaner shipping ports, construction equipment, electric vehicle charging station infrastructure or expanding other emissions-reducing programs. states can spend a maximum of only 15 percent of their settlement money on electric car charging station infrastructure.states have to make tough decisions on how they want to split the money.i...