DEP wants public input on spending NJ’s share of VW settlement

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The state is looking for public input on how to spend $72.2 million to clean up air pollution from the transportation sector.

On Monday, a settlement with Volkswagen stemming from its admission it installed software to cheat on emissions from millions of diesel-fueled vehicles was finalized in Washington, D.C., making $2.7 billion available to states to reduce air pollution.

In New Jersey, the Christie administration has designated the state Department of Environmental Protection as the lead agency to supervise how the settlement money will be spent, according to Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the agency.

Curbing pollution
No decisions have been made yet, but the settlement with the auto manufacturer spells out in broad terms that the money should be spent on curbing pollution from the transportation sector, the largest source of greenhouse-gas emissions in New Jersey …

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