Fiat Chrysler to Pay Nearly $800 Million Settlement Over Emissions Cheating Charges
Thursday Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay nearly $800 million to settle lawsuits over its installation of emissions test-cheating devices on diesel Jeeps and trucks that led to an additional 35,000 tons of pollution.
Over half of the money, $300 million, will be paid to the U.S. government as a fine, and another $280 million will go to individual car buyers who sued the company. California will receive $19 million to offset harmful emissions from the vehicles. Additional funds will go to further remedial efforts, recalls, warranties and other fines.
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By Governor Jay Inslee
Climate Week this year coincides with clear skies in Washington state for the first time in almost two weeks.
In just a few days in early September, Washington state saw enough acres burned – more than 600,000 – to reach our second-worst fire season on record. Our worst fire season came only five years ago. Wildfires aren't new to the west, but their scope and danger today is unlike anything firefighters have seen. People up and down the West Coast – young and old, in rural areas and in cities – were choking on smoke for days on end, trapped in their homes.
Fires like these are becoming the norm, not the exception.