Brian Frosh

Maryland's $33.5 million settlement with Volkswagen in emission scandal could boost port of Baltimore

Maryland's $33.5 million settlement with Volkswagen in emission scandal could boost port of Baltimore

The state of Maryland’s $33.5 million deal with Volkswagen to settle claims that the German automaker polluted the air by bypassing emissions controls in its diesel cars also could bring its vehicles back to the port of Baltimore.

Under the settlement announced Wednesday, Volkswagen must pay a $29 million civil penalty and enter into a five-year contract with a public or private auto terminal in the state to handle Volkswagens or pay an additional $4.5 million. The settlement was filed as a consent decree by Attorney General Brian E. Frosh in the Circuit Court of Baltimore Wednesday.

The agreement, the largest civil penalty for a polluter in Maryland, is the last of several...

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