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

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Maine’s Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting in Portland Tuesday night to present its plan for spending the state’s $21 million share of settlements with Volkswagen.

That’s in the wake of allegations VW deliberately violated nitrogen oxide pollution requirements for vehicles it sold or leased in the U.S.

The director of MDOT’s environmental office, Judy Gates, says the agency plans to spend some $3 million of that to finance installation of a robust network of electric vehicle charging stations.

Volkswagen is paying more than $157 million to 10 states, including Maine, to settle environmental lawsuits over the company’s diesel emissions-cheating scandal.

State Attorney General Janet Mills says Maine and the other settling states have all adopted California’s stringent vehicle emission standards.

“In accordance with the legacy of Sens. Ed Muskie and George Mitchell, we want to enforce Maine’s environmental standards very stringently and we think our air, water and natural resources, and the health of our people, are pretty important,” she says.

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Volkswagen and its sister companies are shelling out billions of dollars to customers and states that were affected by its attempts to cheat on emissions tests.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine law firm is suing Volkswagen about the carmaker's recent admission that it rigged emissions tests on "Clean Diesel'' vehicles.

Portland-based Verrill Dana filed the lawsuit against Volkswagen Group of America on behalf of Maine residents who own Volkswagens installed with software that helps the cars cheat on emissions tests.