- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 13, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s state government says it’s going to distribute about $3 million stemming from Volkswagen’s environmental settlement over a diesel emissions scandal.

The Maine Department of Transportation said Tuesday that government agencies and private businesses still operating a vehicle with a diesel engine from 2009 or earlier might be eligible for money. The statement says the fund might be able to provide 25% to 80% of the base price of a new vehicle to eligible operators.

Volkswagen admitted to using software to circumvent U.S. emissions standards in 2017.

The Maine DOT says operators must submit applications for settlement funding by Nov. 15. The agency plans to start accepting applications on Sept. 16.

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This story has been corrected to show that the funding is available to government agencies and private businesses, not individuals.

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