Massachusetts Using Volkswagen Funds On Clean Air Projects

Charlie Baker

Gov. Charlie Baker. (Getty Images)

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is using $7.5 million from a nationwide Volkswagen settlement to help electrify the transportation sector and reduce air pollution.

The money comes from the settlement from Volkswagen's illegal tampering of vehicle emission control equipment.

The state is using the money to help pay for a number of projects including electric cars, liquid-propane-gas school buses, cleaner-diesel trucks, and a marine shore-power installation.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said three-quarters of the funding will go towards areas where there are high populations of minority, low-income, or low English proficiency residents. Baker said the projects will help produce cleaner air for the state.

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