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Oregon to receive more than $85 million in VW emissions settlement

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum held a news conference Tuesday to announce the settlement (KPTV) Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum held a news conference Tuesday to announce the settlement (KPTV)
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The state of Oregon will receive more than $85 million from Volkswagen as part of a massive $15 billion settlement related to allegations the car manufacturer used software in its diesel vehicles to cheat emissions tests.

In a news conference Tuesday morning, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said Oregon would receive money under two separate settlements.

The first settlement in federal court will give Oregon $68.2 million for a trust fund to support emission reduction programs in the state.

Brown said that money would go toward reducing diesel emissions from trucks and other older vehicles.

Brown said just one third of Oregon's commercial trucks that operate solely within the state are "clean," meaning they have a model year of 2008 or newer.

The federal settlement also includes direct payments to consumers who purchased or leased affected Volkswagen vehicles.

Rosenblum said more than 13,000 Oregonians would receive lump sum payments of at least $5,100 under the settlement and a choice of a buyback or repairs to their cars to make them emissions-compliant.

The consumer payment portion of the settlement is still subject to approval in federal court.

Under the second settlement, Volkswagen will pay more than $17 million to the state of Oregon for violation of state consumer protection laws in regard to unfair and deceptive trade practices.

"Many Oregonians purchased these vehicles because Volkswagen advertised the cars as legitimate green vehicles," Rosenblum said. "That was not true. These are some of the dirtiest cars on the road."

The settlement involves vehicles with 2.0-liter diesel engines under model years 2009 to 2015.

For more information on the settlement, click here.

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