Volkswagen agrees to settle $ 3.5 million in diesel emissions with Ohio

Washington-Volkswagen AG claims $ 3.5 million in settlement with Ohio alleging that German automakers violated state law by manipulating vehicle computer software to mask carbon dioxide emissions The agreement was reached, said the State Attorney General.

In November, the US Supreme Court rejected Volkswagen’s bid to avoid proceedings by officials in three states, including Ohio.

Volkswagen’s US subsidiary argued that only the federal government could pursue emissions claims under the Clean Air Act, a groundbreaking environmental law in the United States. VW said it has already reached a settlement of more than $ 20 billion between the US Environmental Protection Agency and its owners.

“This agreement puts this issue behind the company as it focuses on completely resolving Ohio’s legacy claims and building a future for sustainable mobility,” VW said on Friday. Said.

Proceedings are pending in two counties, Texas, Utah, and Florida.

The reconciliation is just one part of what Ohio had previously sought. VW said in a previous court document that Ohio’s claims could be “$ 350 million a day, or more than $ 127 billion a year, over a multi-year period.”

“We had to hold Volkswagen accountable for the damage to the environment and the trust of consumers,” said Dave Yost, Ohio Attorney General. “This reconciliation will make that happen.”

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Attorney General’s Office will split the awards to resolve the 2016 proceedings.

In 2015, Volkswagen revealed that it used sophisticated software to circumvent the emission requirements of approximately 11 million vehicles worldwide. It also misleads the EPA, which began asking questions in 2014.

VW installed a software update after the sale, in addition to equipping the vehicle with a “defeat device” before the sale. This was a matter of concern in the Supreme Court and Ohio proceedings.

According to an Ohio lawsuit, a VW software update allowed the vehicle to be put into “test” mode, disrupting normal driving operations and reducing emissions only during testing.

David Shepherdson